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Waterscapes by Haruka Misawa

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Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
TOKYO-BASED…

designer Haruka Misawa has created a series of stunning tiny worlds all housed within transparent cubes of water. Within each cube Misawa works almost exclusively in monochrome – combining white sand, 3D printed sculptures, and the occasional glass bubble…

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
COLOR…

only comes into play with the presence of life. Whether it be via tiny golden fish, earthy brown turtles or fresh green botanicals – the animate and inanimate are chosen with equal care – each a critical part of the final composition.

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
THE WHITE…

sculptures which were created in collaboration with 3D printing specialists Kennichi Hashimoto and Kosho Yamasaki, explore the effects of buoyancy – creating architectural configurations otherwise impossible on land.

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
LATTICEWORKS…

simulate the intricacies of reef structures – with their lace of solid and void providing a maze of navigational possibilities – as each fish’s dance of zig and zag becomes part of the show.

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
WHILE, FOR NOW…

Haruka’s Waterscapes remain prototypes – her explorations stand on their own – equal parts art and serious inspiration for your next aquarium.

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi

 

Waterscape by Haruka Misawa | Photo by Masayuki Hayashi
HARUKA MISAWA…

was born in Gunma prefecture Japan in 1982. After gaining an undergraduate degree in interior design, she worked for the renowned design firm nendo before joining the Hara Design Institute at Nippon Design Center in 2009. In 2014, Haruka established the Misawa Design Institute – where she specializes in graphic design, product design, and space planning.

 

Photography by Masayuki Hayashi

 

 

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