Modern Iki Project

The goal of this website is to revive iki, deepen its understanding,
 and promote it thorough its use in art and design.

Iki applications

(Farnsworth House built by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe in 1951)

"Less is more."

- Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect


It is possible to design things so that iki manifests itself. In some cases, iki will appear spontaneously. In any case, iki always appear in artificial situation or objects. Iki is not applicable to nature.

Things that are not iki

Iki manifests itself always in close proximity to everyday life. Some domains of arts, such as paintings and sculpture depart from the realm of "everydayness," and thus, iki is difficult to apply. An iki object may lose iki when it is placed in a museum as an artwork.

Iki and yabo

The opposite of iki is "yabo" (or "busui"). It should be noted that not being iki doesn't necessarily mean yabo. There is a neutral state where neither iki nor yabo is applicable.