If you ignore the miniature sizes of the bonsai tree houses, nay the bonsai tree castles, created by Takanori Aiba, you would want to move into them! Such are the small details that this amazfantasticist goes into to create these incredible little worlds.
Aiba first chooses a suitable bonsai tree as a foundation. He designs his elaborate, fantastic buildings on it, using copper wire, plastic, resin, clay, and epoxy putty. The shape of the tree’s shape dictates the design of the diorama, which is houses look the same. He carefully includes the details, such as balconies, towers, terraces, umbrellas, small strings of lights, and much more.
Born in Yokohama, Japan, Aiba studied traditional Japanese textiles and dyed clothing at Tokyo Zokei University. He started his career as a freelance maze illustrator. His labyrinthine works appeared in a Japanese fashion magazine, ‘Popeye,’ for ten years. He went on to establish his own company called Graphics and Desingning Inc. He broadened his horizons and became a concept maker and art director for architectural spaces. Some of the major significant of this Japanese artist include ‘Shin Yokohama Chinese Noodle Museum,’ ‘Muse Du Petit Prince De Saint Exupery A Hakone,’ and NINJA AKASAKA, among others. Not satisfied with this, he began using his expertise as a maze illustrator and architect to start creating 3D works of art. He got the idea to develop bonsai tree houses.
Aiba’s talent has been recognized, and he has been awarded many honors and awards, such as Japan Display Design Association Award, Hong Kong Design Award 2011 ‘Bonsai-B,’ New York ADC Award 1995 ‘Shinyokohama Chinese Noodle Museum,’ and many more. He also has several publications to his credit, such as ‘Tokyo Good Idea Development Institute,’ ‘Takanori Aiba’s Maze World’ and ‘Maze Metamorphosis.’ He has also shown his works in solo exhibitions in Japan.
Aiba shares his thoughts on bonsaiempire.com, “…I think bonsai (diorama) is a world of joy for imaginative people…. He adds, “…when I enter that bonsai (diorama) world I’ve created, I enjoy playing in that fantasy.”