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Questions With A Visitor: Kenya Hara

Kenya Hara , Graphic designer, at Omi on Feb. 21, 2013. Gakugei-bu Edan interview. MIURA PHOTO.

I don’t think it’s possible to express how excited we are that Architecture for Dogs is in the Los Angeles area. The dog-meets-architect experiment is currently on view at the Long Beach Museum of Art, which is wild because the concept show was shown at Art Basel last year, is stopping here, and then is travelling the world. How lucky are we? Seriously: the show sees superstar architects and designers petting their fun side to make avant garde dog houses tailored for a specific dog and a specific owner. If there’s anything that will tickle the aesthetics of Angelenos, it’s a dog-art show because dog culture is so huge.

To kick the show off, renowned architect and designer Kenya Hara–the man who led this dog house venture–was in Los Angeles to set the show on its feet. He’s toted as the “leading design personality of Japan” and has become an icon in the design world. We are absolutely delighted to share a little chat with him on his experience of Los Angeles. It was literally translated at the Long Beach Museum of Art so we could share, too.

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What brings you to L.A.?

I came for the opening of Architecture for Dogs at the Long Beach Museum of Art.

How long are you in town?

Three nights.

Questions With A Visitor: Kenya Hara

What neighborhood are you staying in? What are your thoughts on that part of town?

I got to stay at Terranea Resort in Rancho Palos Verdes. The weather was fantastic. The surrounding made you forget you are actually close to a city. I felt so relaxed that exhaustion from working in Tokyo came out all of a sudden. I had the same experience in Hawaii. Perhaps, an environment too relaxing and comfortable is a bit dangerous for a person who’s a workaholic.

How many times have you visited L.A.? What do you think of the city?

I have been to L.A. four or five times in the past. It’s a vast and dry (compared to humid Tokyo) land. The sun also feels stronger here.

What is the best part of your trip so far?

The successful opening of Architecture for Dogs exhibit.

Could you see yourself living here?

I think I’ll get too lazy living in a place so comfortable with perfect weather. It’s just right to come visit and stay with friends in Los Angeles.

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We may not be able to find Hara as an Angeleno any time soon–but at least he likes to visit! It’s funny thinking about this place as too relaxing: we honestly have never thought about it that way–and it makes sense that it doesn’t appeal to everyone. You can catch Hara and others’ work at Architecture for Dogs at the Long Beach Museum of Art. The exhibition is on view now through September 1. Get more information on the show here and–remember–everything in the show you can build at home. Excellent!

Featured image via. Architecture photos courtesy of LBMA.

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