The Tokyo Design Week, which basically runs from October 31st to November 4th, is so hard to keep track of and massive that you wonder how anybody makes it to these events. Not to mention, Tokyo Design Week is only a few weeks after the gargantuan London Design Week.
The week has so many big events that’s hard to describe, but the simple fact is that two of the events are not to be missed. First, there is Design Tide:
With Tokyo once again in the grips of Autumn, it is time for the third Design Tide Exhibition, which this year has its main site in the auditorium next to the National Stadium. This historic complex was constructed for the 1964 Olympics and now 40 years on it will play host to a jamboree of design. The continued ideology behind Design Tide is, the necessary things in life, based on this the exhibition will show work from the fields of interior, products, graphics, fashion and art.
The event is broken down into tons of mini design events. The main event is called Tide Think whose theme this year was "Play = Communication". The range of designers chosen for this area don’t fall in the god or goddess category, but thy are pretty damn clever and worth a look. The major Design Tide diversions include an incredible design shop among other areas. For a break down of who attended, check out these links:
Phew! And the fun does not stop with Design Tide. Along comes 100% Design Tokyo along with Tokyo Designers Week to dilute your precious hours. This multi-pavilion event includes a real mish-mash of fun stuff that appears to have absolutely no curatorial structure. Pavilions include items from the avant garde to traditional Japanese wares to autos. Pavilions include: