Designart Toyko 2018

After a successful first year, the festival returns


Architect Johnny Chiu will be bringing the “Happier Café” from Taiwan to the festival
From October 19, 2018 until October 28, 2018
DESIGNART TOKYO is a city-wide design and art festival that brings together creatives from the design, art, fashion, food, architecture and technology fields – with the aims of reaching beyond the industry's borders.
Founded by Tokyo-based creatives Akio Aoki (MIRU DESIGN), Shun Kawakami (artless), Hiroshi Koike (NON-GRID), Okisato Nagata (EXS), and Astrid Klein and Mark Dytham (Klein Dytham architecture) – the festival was launched in 2017 as a way to revitalise the city’s creative scene. While the first edition saw over 70 participants and brands descend on Tokyo, the second promises to be bigger and more daring – with some of the world's biggest names joining the programme.
Among them is architect Sou Fujimoto, Bethan Laura Wood, Carl Hansen & Son, Cassina and HAY, which will be introducing products and ranges for the first time in Japan.
A highlight of this years show is the Under-30 programme, which sees installations created by up and coming designers. Participants of the Under-30 include sculptors, glass blowers, tech designers and installation artists. EPISTROPH, an artist collective exploring music, clothes, food, film and space creation to bring Japanese culture to the world, will exhibit their first Installation: a reflection on the contemporary music scene.
Italian architect and glassware designer Laura Sattin’s research focuses on the ancient crafting techniques of mouth-blown glass to produce objects of simple and contemporary forms, particularly in reference to the Venetian lagoon. akii for Y.S.M will present the everyday lighting items which use playful, minimalist design to create calming environments within the home.
Yuu Minamimura is creating emotional, sculptural works in marble and bronze based on paper and clouds. Emerging media artist Shoto Hayakawa will display the interactive movie “Meet up at 9 p.m.” at Francfranc Aoyoma Studio. The film turns the audience into performers in the innovative approach of storytelling and interaction taking advantage of this digital age.
Other parts of the festival include Japan Launches, where brands will preview new products, and DESIGNART GALLERY at Francfranc Aoyama Studio. One of the exhibitors here will be technological designer Yoshiki Matsuyama, whose installation, “Cut Out the Sky,” reflects the beauty of the sky at sunrise and sunset. Product designer Baku Sakashita will also be exhibiting at DESIGNART GALLERY, showing “SUKI”, a lighting collection which combines semi-translucent Japanese paper and thin stainless steel wire.
Visit designart.jp for more information.