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POP UP SHOP -GINZA MITSUKOSHI-

This is the second post I've uploaded today.

The semi-wrinkle washi series designed by nendo won the 2014 Good Design Award.
You can see and buy the award-winning products and other excellent products at the following place:
Content: Titled "Good Design for Life - Now & 70's," the event features articles for daily use designed in the 70s and the brands of those articles. There is also a Design 2014 section, where designs for the present lifestyle that are an extension of the trend in those times are presented.
A broad range of items, from the products of Taniguchi Aoya Wahi that earned the Good Design Award and clocks and stationery of other companies, are exhibited.
When I take photos of the event, I'll upload them later.
As I said in my previous post, the Good Design Exhibition starts inside the Tokyo Midtown complex.
http://www.aoyawashi.co.jp/archives/1616
We have three consecutive holidays in autumn. Please come and see the exhibition.

Hidden - Unveiling Japanese Design

We had frost this morning.

Winter is approaching day by day.

Sorry, this post is about an event that ended about a month ago.

JETRO is holding a design exhibition, titled Hidden - Unveiling Japanese Design, at the National Design Center (NDC) in Singapore for a 22-day-period from October 3 to 24, 2014. The exhibition features 64 products and designs of 40 selected small and medium enterprises in Japan. These products and designs have been selected through a strict screening by experts. The selected products will be presented under the supervision of the general producer, Mr. Oki Sato, at the attractive exhibition site that reflects modern Japan to help small and medium enterprises develop sales channels abroad.

(Source: JETRO's website)

According to this plan, the exhibition took place from October 3 to 24, 2014 (the 24th was a day for business talks).

Our products were also shown at the exhibition. I hear that business talks continued without an interruption on the final day of the 24.



The semi-wrinkle washi was exhibited with a mirror below it, as shown below.
The bottom and inside of the washi can also be seen.







The bi-color washi was exhibited, as shown below.



When seen from the second floor of the site, the three-dimensional flat pieces of furniture appear to stand floating.

Our washi products were well received at this exhibition.
I think the event helped the people of Singapore gain a better understanding of Japan's designs, materials and techniques.



KOYASAN -KONGOBUJI-

I went to Wakayama to see the nighttime lighting of the Banryutei garden of the Kongobuji temple, which I mentioned in my previous post.

Flyer (in Japanese) ↓↓
http://www.aoyawashi.co.jp/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Banryu-tei2.pdf

http://www.koyasan.or.jp/english/index.html



Admission was permitted from 18:00 in the evening. I saw dimly lit lamps in cold silent darkness.
Where there is light, there is a shadow. And where there is a shadow, there is light.
The space was arranged in a way that allowed the visitors to feel the existence of light and shadows.
The garden was lighted up at 18:30, as shown in the photos below.



We all erupted into applause automatically. In the stone garden, there were two dragons sitting across from each other.



I took this photo on the corridor leading from the main shrine to the Banryutei garden.
It was in early October that I visited the temple. In late October, the leaves on this maple tree would have turned red.



It was so difficult to take good pictures of this beautiful scene.
(That's because I'm not a good photographer.)
Walking in a quiet place in clear autumn air, I noticed things that would normally not come to attention, such as the sound of insects singing and the smell of air.



Inside the lamps were LEDs, which flickered like a candle flame.

The lighting event of the Banryutei garden was produced by illumination designer Hiroshi Nagane of Tokyo Design Party.

See the PDF file attached at the beginning of this post.

 

 

POP UP SHOP -NIHONBASHI MITSUKOSHI-

It's very cold in the morning and at night these days.
I think we'll have the first frost of the season before long.
Today, I would like to tell you about an event that is under way despite the cold.

【M's home】
NIHONBASHI MITSUKOSHI 5floor space#5
2014/10/15(Wed)~2014/10/28(Tue)
Content: Centering on Japan's traditional craftworks that can be used in modern times as well, this exhibition features articles for daily use such as lacquered tableware and wood furniture. We have seamless three-dimensional washi lamps on display that help create a warm atmosphere in the house in the cold season that has just begun.

Lamps of several different series are exhibited. So, come and take a look.







In addition to our lamps, many other cute and fashionable products are on display.

These products that decorate the inside of the house in the autumn-winter season are really worth a look.

POP UP SHOP -NIHONBASHI MITSUKOSHI-

An event titled "Moon-viewing Party" is under way at space No. 5 on the fifth floor of the main building of Mitsukoshi's flagship store in Nihonbashi.
Here is a photo of the event.



Set up near the escalator is a stage named "Taketori Monogatari," where our Mokumoku-Pendant (L) and other items are exhibited.



To the left of the escalator, they have a space for a moon-viewing drinking party.



The pendant, tablestand and floorstand lamps of our Moon series are shown here and there with products of Nousaku Corp.
Looking at the photo, is there anything you notice?
(I'm sorry for the small size of the photo.)
Each Moon lamp is designed so that half of it lights brighter than the other half. Depending on the direction from which it is seen, the lamp looks like a crescent moon, half moon or full moon.



The lamp can also be seen from the side of the escalator. From this angle, it looks like a crescent moon.



The Moon-Pendant (SP) is on display at the center of the exhibition space.

This is a rare extra-large lamp.
The Moon-viewing Party event runs through September 23 (Tuesday and holiday) on the fifth floor of the Mitsukoshi Department Store in Nihonbashi.
Come and see this fabulous event.