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Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN

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Japan House London

4: High St Kensington

101-111 Kensington High St, London W8 5SA, UK

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What does design mean to you? Visit the exhibition at Japan House London, where Japan’s leading creators share inspirational designs spanning disciplines, regions and eras.
While Japan is synonymous with exemplary design, it is yet to have a dedicated national museum of design. This exhibition invites seven major designers, from filmmakers to architects, to consider what they would select for a permanent collection of design treasures.

Design Discoveries: Towards a DESIGN MUSEUM JAPAN exhibition at Japan House London

What does design mean to you? Join the conversation at Japan House London, where Japan’s leading creators share inspirational design that spans disciplines, regions and eras.

While Japan is synonymous with exemplary design it doesn’t yet have a dedicated national museum of design. This exhibition brings together seven major designers, from filmmakers to architects, to consider what they would put into a permanent collection of design treasures. Their personal responses capture Japan’s regional diversity and 10,000 years of history.

With displays ranging from Jōmon pottery to sportswear, and from musical instruments to festivals, the exhibition presents the story of each chosen design and its origin.

Fashion designer Morinaga Kunihiko presents haburagin – a talismanic patchwork garment from Kagoshima.
Filmmaker Tsujikawa Kōichirō chooses the beauty of wooden spinning tops from Hyōgo.
Architect and ex-Sega video game designer Mizuguchi Tetsuya explores a ‘transacoustic piano’ from Shizuoka.
Design engineer Tagawa Kinya picks ‘Yanagi Sōri Cutlery’ from Ishikawa.
Architect Tane Tsuyoshi shows earthenware from the Jōmon Period.
Textile designer Sudō Reiko looks at sportswear inspired by lanterns in Toyama’s Yotaka Andon Festival.
Fashion designer Hirokawa Tamae presents the 700-year-old Hakata Gion Yamakasa Festival in Fukuoka .

This interactive exhibition invites visitors to contribute their own treasures to the world design map and to share their individual ideas about design. It is accompanied by a diverse events programme. See japanhouselondon.uk for details. Free entry. Booking encouraged. Open until 8 September.

When:

Monday to Saturday: 10:00–20:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00–18:00

Admission

Free

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