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Toto presents the work of Japanese architects and students

Dezeen promotion: Japanese bathroom brand Toto is hosting an exhibition in London, exploring how European study has affected the work of 20 Japanese architects and architecture students.

Called Toshindai: Life-sized, the exhibition is curated by Japanese Junction, a group of Japanese architects based in London. It takes place at Toto's London showroom from 20 September to 13 October 2017.

It will feature a collection of drawings, photographs and 3D models, themed around a series of questions including: how did living outside Japan transform your ways of thinking? and what contributes to shaping your architectural ideas?

Among the pieces will be Defects House, a site analysis by architect Yuto Fujii that combines technical architectural plans with playful details, such as characters from Japanese fairytales.

The exhibition will also include Berlin Estrangement, a project by Bartlett graduate Kei Iwamoto that explores the underworld of Berlin.

The curators' aim is to provoke a debate about how differences in socio-cultural, historical and physical contexts have impacted the philosophy of Japanese architects.

Toto was first established in Kitakyushu, Japan in 1917 and is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

The company was founded with a specific focus on hygiene and has evolved to become the world's largest manufacturer of bathroom products.

Earlier this year, Toto presented its latest products alongside an exhibition that explores design in the contemporary Japanese household.

Toshindai: Life-sized takes place at Toto Gallery, St John Street, London, EC1V 4UA, from 20 September to 13 October 2017.

Visit the Toto website for more information.