Wednesday, May 20, 2015

New York: Wanted Design – Tokyo Design Week 2015.

New York: Wanted Design – Tokyo Design Week 2015.  Tokyo Design Week is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and has developed into an international design event that gathers excellent architecture, interior, product design, graphic design and art from all over the world. Tokyo Design Week in New York at the Wanted Design exhibition space (Terminal Store) expressed the constant jumbling of nowadays Tokyo through a mixture of, Kawaii (Japanese Cute) and Cool; Creative and Technology, in both Edo and Contemporary Tokyo.


Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Amezaiku – Shinri Tezuka. Amezaiku is a traditional Japanese candy craft that can be traced back to the late 700s. Since the Edo era, Amezaiku have been popular to the common people as a spectacle.  “By Twisting, cutting and pulling melted candy, we create edible figures of creatures that seem alive, flowers and even artificial things if you want. We shape candy by using only U-shaped scissors and bare hands. Amezaiku is different from sculpture, and we neither cut a candy off nor shave it. In olden times, the candy was valuable, so they were not able to waste it."

Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Amezaiku – Shinri Tezuka is Asakusa Amezaiku Ameshin president and is Japan’s leading candy craftsman

Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Amezaiku – Shinri Tezuka


Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Twotone – Sens.  The Intellectual board game as an interior art. Pray for the world without confliction between black and white.  Nobody can get away from their darkness of mind. Infinite possibilities (colors) between black and white.
Above. Jungo Kanayama of TNZO Inc, who produces the game.

Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Stepup Chair – Masuo Fujimura.  The Stepup Chair isn’t just a high-backed chair, it’s a piece of furniture that can also be used as a bookshelf step-ladder.   It can be used for hanging clothes or in and other creative ways.  A beautiful work of art that serves multiple functions.
Above.  Designer, Masuo Fujimura.

Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Pages – Niriko Hashida Design. This chair can change colors by turning the seat like a book.  It is also easy to adjust the height of the seat. 
Above. Niriko Hashida.

Tokyo Design Week 2015 – JoT – Henka Inc.    What is JoT?  JoT is the next to IoT (Internet of Things), and stands for the Jabber of Things. “Today, there are many ways of communication between human beings. On the other hand, how about communication between humans and objects? JoT helps you to communicate with objects. When you attached JoT on a object, you can hear their own voices (sounds).  We believe if your object starts to talk to you, your relationship with object will be changed." Naoya Udagawa CEO of Henka Inc.

Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Hokusai Manga Inspired Exhibition.  2014 marked the 200th anniversary of the Edo Period Ukiyoe Artist Katsushika Hokusai.  In New York five creators showed their Mango inspired works.

Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Hokusai Manga Inspired Exhibition    
Kenjiro Sano – Hokusai_Line
“I captured the structure of Hokusai’s drawings by tracing its forms in simple lines”.
Kenjiro Sano art director and founder of Mr_Design Inc.

Tokyo Design Week 2015 – Hokusai Manga Inspired Exhibition
Kaoru Kasai – The Octopus Likes the Squid, the Squid Dislikes the Octopus
“ Octopuses and squids seem to be similar, and yet seem to be different…This picture represents their emotions, drawn in a style reminiscent of Hokusai.”
Kaoru Kasai art director and designer

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