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Celebrating the Less-Is-More Brilliance of Japanese Houses

Let's admit it: We have an endless fascination with Japanese houses Their simplicity of form is impressive—it's not uncommon to see the comforts of home stripped down to a tatami mat and an architecture of spirituality. Japon, l'archipel de la maison, an exhibition currently held in Paris at the city's Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine museum of architecture, offers yet another glimpse into the Japanese notion of domesticity. The curators have built their narrative with photographs, sketches, schematic drawings, videos, and interviews, around three distinct themes: Houses of Yesterday, Houses of Tokyo, and Houses of Today. The exhibition is traveling, but will run through Sept 7, 2015 in Paris, before setting up in Lausanne, France, and eventually going home to Japan.

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