Friday, September 28, 2012

Bonsai-A and Bonsai-B by Takanori Aiba

A colleague of mine who is studying graphic design drew my attention to the work of Takanori Aiba. He is a 59-year-old Japanese concept maker and art director for architectural spaces. Since 2003, Aiba used his skills as an illustrator and an architect to create miniature three dimensional fantasy city-scapes. His work is fascinating (see it for yourself at:, but what impressed me the most is his Bonsai Series. Apparently, Aiba used to play with bonsai as a child and he created the Bonsai Series to reconnect with one of his original inspirations to create miniature worlds. To me, Takanori Aiba’s Bonsai Series is the most innovative approach to bonsai. However, I will let you be the judge. The images below are reproduced with the permission of Tokyo Good Idea Development Institute.

Images above: Bonsai-B (42 × 37 × 48 cm) and the concept drawing.

Images above: Bonsai-A (40 × 30 × 40 cm) and the concept drawing.

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