Japan Foundation Bangkok

Japanese Design Today 100

BANGKOK

[Duration]
Wed 24 April – Sun 26 May 2019
(Closed on Mon and 9 May)

[Venue]
Gallery 1fl. TCDC Bangkok

[Opening]
Tue 23 April 2019 at 14.00
@ Material & Design Innovation Center, 2nd fl. of TCDC back building

[Admission]    Free

 

CHIANG MAI

[Duration]
Sat 8 June – Sun 30 June 2019
(Closed on Mon)

[Venue]
Exhibition space TCDC Chiang Mai

[Opening]
Sat 8 June 2019 at 18.00
@ Exhibition space TCDC Chiang Mai

[Admission]    Free

 

KHON KAEN

[Duration]
Fri 12 July – Sun 28 July 2019
(Open everyday except 16-17 July)

[Venue]
Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Gallery (FAG),
Khon Kaen University

[Opening]
Thur 11 July 2019 at 17.30
@ Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Gallery (FAG),
Khon Kaen University

[Admission]    Free

 

Japanese Design Today 100

Curated by:
Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Design Critic, Professor at Musashino Art University)
Masafumi Fukagawa (Curator)
Shu Hagiwara (Design Director)
Noriko Kawakami (Journalist, Associate Director of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT)

 

Japanese product design has long been acclaimed internationally due to its subtle and unique characteristics. According to Hiroshi Kashiwagi, a Design Critic and Professor at Musashino Art University, the common traits of contemporary design, be it craft-liked qualities, minimalism, attentiveness, compactness and cuteness, are indeed essentially rooted in traditional Japanese culture.

 

The Japan Foundation, Bangkok, in collaboration with Creative Economy Agency (CEA) via TCDC Bangkok, TCDC Chiang Mai, TCDC Khon Kaen as well as the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Gallery (FAG) Khon Kaen University, are pleased to co-organize the traveling exhibition “Japanese Design Today 100” during April – July 2019 at three venues across three different regions in Thailand. The exhibition will start at TCDC Bangkok and then go to TCDC Chiang Mai in the North before traveling to the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Gallery, Khon Kaen University in the Northeast, significantly marking the ongoing cultural exchanges and cooperation between Thailand and Japan in this Mekong-Japan Exchange Year in 2019.

 

The exhibition “Japanese Design Today 100,” initially organized in 2004 and then renewed in 2014, features 100 finest examples of Japanese design with a focus on everyday products. It combines superbly designed products of recent years with a group of classic and modern designs. Eleven of 100 products showcase the postwar designs, for instance, Nikon F camera and Toshiba’s electric rice-cooker while 89 of the rest depict modern designs produced after 2010 such as Sony’s handycam and Panasonic’s touchpad. The word “today” in the exhibition thus comprehensively encompasses the time frame dated back from the 1950s to after 2010 that had a significant influence on the design of today.

 

The products exhibited are divided into 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture and Housewares, Tableware and Cookware, Apparel and Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief and Transportation. We believe that the design of household products could be a mirror, reflecting the life of our society and the personal lifestyles of individuals. These designs render a vivid picture of hopes and dreams of the people who use the products as well as the designers and corporations who create them.

EXHIBITION SUMMARY

 

BANGKOK
Duration Wednesday 24 April – Sunday 26 May 2019
10.30 – 21.00
(Close on Monday, 9 May)
Opening
&
Talk #1
Tuesday 23 April 2019
at Material & Design Innovation Center
(2nd fl., TCDC’s back building)
14.00    Opening Ceremony
15.30    The Matter of Things: So products design our life?
Asst. Prof. Patave Arrayapharnon

Packaging Design Instructor,
Faculty of Decorative Arts, Silpakorn University
Mr. Tanith Vachiraprakanskul
Founder of MOHo Studio
Language: Thai
Registration:
https://web.tcdc.or.th/th/Events/Detail/30219
Talk #2 Sunday 26 May 2019
at Auditorium
(M fl., TCDC’s front building)
14.00    Special talk
Ms. Noriko Kawakami
(Exhibition curator)
Journalist, Associate Director of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
Language: Japanese with Thai translation
15.00    Q&A
Topic will be updated on Facebook  jfbangkok
Admission Free
Venue Gallery 1fl. TCDC Bangkok
The Grand Postal Building, 1160 Charoenkrung Road, Bangrak, Bangkok 10500
Service Area: 02-105-7400 ext. 213, 214 (Close Mon)

 

CHIANG MAI
Duration Saturday 8 June – Sunday 30 June 2019
10.30 – 18.00 (Closed on Monday)
Opening
&
Talk
Saturday 8 June 2019
at Exhibition space TCDC Chiang Mai
16.30
Topic will be updated on Facebook  jfbangkok
Mr. Hiroshi Kashiwagi (Exhibition curator)
Design Critic, Professor at Musashino Art University
Language:   Japanese with Thai translation
18.00    Opening Ceremony
Admission Free
Venue Exhibition space TCDC Chiang Mai
1/1 Muang Samut Road, Changmoi Subdistrict, Muang District, Chiang Mai 5030
TEL 05-208-0500 ext. 1
(Close Mon)

 

KHON KAEN
Duration Friday 12 July – Sunday 28 July 2019
9.00 – 19.00 (Open everyday except 16-17 July)
Opening
&
Talk
Thursday 11 July 2019
at Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Gallery (FAG), Khon Kaen University
16.30
Topic will be updated on Facebook  jfbangkok
Associate Professor Thanasit Chantaree
Instructor, Department of Industrial design, Faculty of Architecture, Khon Kaen University
Ms. Jutamas Bunranajade & Mr. Piti Amraranga
Founders of o-d-a (object design alliance)
Language:   Thai
17.30    Opening Ceremony
Admission Free
Venue Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Gallery (FAG), Khon Kaen University
123 Mitrapab Rd., Amphoe Muang Khon Kaen, Khon Kaen 40002
TEL 043-202396

 

Co-organized by:

Supported by: