Japan has held yet another one of its Tokyo Designers weeks, and, although it has already passed, it would be wise for people interested in seeing a gallery of almost any medium you could imagine from architecture to manga to electronics to brain controlled cat ears.
Good design and Japan go hand in hand. Simple, thoughtful design is so ubiquitous, in fact, that even a convenience store’s display of bright, graphic doughnut boxes caught my eye. In early November, a friend and I spent a day looking at design in Tokyo. Our first stop was Design Tide Tokyo, the seven-year-old annual fall event during which design takes over Tokyo (even more than usual) in shops, showrooms, and special exhibitions across the city.
With so much ground to cover, we devoted our attention to the main venue: a juried exhibition of the work of young designers held at the Tokyo Midtown complex. This year’s theme, “Trading Design, Trading Ideas,” brought together designers from around the world.
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