Monday, March 12, 2007

japanese design today

Longtime readers will know I'm a bit of a Japan-o-file (well, who isn't!?) , so I was excited to learn about this collection of contemporary Japanese design on display at the Design Exchange.

Here's the scoop:

Japanese Design Today 100

This international traveling exhibition consists of approximately 100 of the finest examples of Japanese design created between the 1990s and today. The exhibition focuses on products used in everyday life and gives a vivid picture of the hopes and dreams of the Japanese designers and corporations who create them.

Visitors will learn about recent trends and characteristics of Japanese design, and will gain insight into the nature of contemporary Japanese culture. Thirteen objects of modern design are included from the early postwar years to show the origin of today’s design. Among the designs are the Akari Lamp by Isamu Noguchi, the Butterfly Stool by Sori Yanagi, A-POC clothing by Issey Miyake, Silent Violin by Masaharu Ohno and the AIBO Entertainment Robot by Hajime Sorayama.

"Japanese design has been characterized by precision, attention to detail, emphasis on technique, inventiveness and creating new combinations of form, practicality and adaptation to the environment, and intelligent structure. Now designers are also responding to new requirements for universal and ecological design." (Nobuko Shimuta, Chief Producer at Nippon Design Centre)

Co-presented with:
Japan Foundation

Japanese Design Today 100 is on display:
Design Exchange, 234 Bay Street
February 8-April 29, 2007
Mon-Fri 10-5pm, Sat-Sun 12-5pm,
$5 general admission, $4 students & seniors

76 mogu - Japanese Design Today Show
57 Taketlery EPS C. - Japanese Design Today Show
13b 35N+ST5 - Japanese Design Today Show
Thanks to HKC Marketing for providing show images above.

p.s. for another Japanese design fix, be sure to check out the Masahiro Mori Ceramic Design Exhibition on at the Japan Foundation (131 Bloor Street West) until May 5, 2007.


Q-type mug by Masahiro Mori


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