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21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

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Directors

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT has three directors, Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh and Naoto Fukasawa, and associate director, Noriko Kawakami. These four are the key planners who consider the themes and details of the activities and exhibitions held at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT.

Photo : Yoshiaki Tsutsui

Issey Miyake

Designer
In 1970, Miyake founded the Miyake Design Studio. The fundamental concept of his work is 'A Piece of Cloth.' Started "PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE" in 1993. Launched "A-POC (A Piece Of Cloth)" with Dai Fujiwara and his team in 1998. His continuous research with the Reality Lab. led to the launch of "132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE" and "IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE" in 2010.

Message for 10th anniversary of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

In 2003, I sent a letter to the Asahi Shimbun calling for the creation of a base for design in Japan. Kitayama & Company and Mitsui Fudosan offered their support and acted promptly to help me start. That made my heart skip a beat. It was such an exciting time, watching day by day as the construction of the building designed by Tadao Ando and inspired by the concept of "A Piece of Cloth" progressed. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT was born from this optimism and has gathered support over the last decade because it has succeeded in communicating the surprises and the joy of design that permeates the fabric of our daily lives. As we are heading towards the future, we must think of new ways by which to inspire one another and to share knowledge with more and more people. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is entering a new phase as a venue aiming to be opened for everyone. I hope we can continue to create new ways by which to keep the world moving.

Issey Miyake

Taku Satoh

Graphic Designer
Satoh completed his master's degree at Tokyo University of the Arts in 1981. In 1984 he founded Taku Satoh Design Office. His work in package design includes "LOTTE XYLITOL gum" and "Meiji Oishii Gyunyu," and his work in graphic design includes "PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE" and the logos of the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and the National Museum of Nature and Science. He is also the art director for NHK Educational Channel programs, "Nihongo de Asobo" and the general director for "Design Ah!."

Message for 10th anniversary of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

I have been serving as a director of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT since it first opened, but I remember that the project itself started three years before 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT opened in 2007. So if it includes the preparation period I have been involved for about 13 years. At the start we engaged in discussions with complete freedom, without being bound by the concepts of design museums that already existed overseas. After a series of free discussions, we thought up the concept with flexible mind which was different from any other design museums. This gave us a sensation of unease about the unknown, but also a sense of great excitement. Since then we have held one exhibition after another, and now that ten years have passed. I think that through a process of trial and error 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT has finally become established in society. However, establishment implies conceptualization. In the next ten years we will probably need to dismantle the existing conceptualization and advance further to the next stage. I thing this is the design of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT.

Taku Satoh

Naoto Fukasawa

Product Designer
Fukasawa graduated from Tama Art University in 1980. After working for IDEO's San Francisco and Tokyo offices, he established Naoto Fukasawa Design in 2003 acting as a designer and a consultant for companies, both domestic and overseas. Professor of Department of Integrated Design, Tama Art University. He has been the fifth director of the Japan Folk Crafts Museum since 2012.

Message for 10th anniversary of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

I think these activities started from the time we assigned the name 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. "Sight" has the meanings of visibility, visual field and perspective, and we sought to imbue a feeling of seeking to gaze at design. I also recall that we assigned the name because it had the same sound as "site" (place). Ten years have passed quickly since our establishment as a venue for gazing at, expressing, and communicating design, and the unique viewpoint and displays of the exhibitions have surprised and entertained the visitors. I think that perhaps there were many people who newly had the realization "so design is this kind of thing." We decided the directors in accordance with each exhibition theme, chose the creators and encouraged them to deeply explore the theme. I think these activities will continue going forward. 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is the view point of all people focused on design, and a venue for sharing feelings.

Naoto Fukasawa

Noriko Kawakami

Journalist
After being an editor for the design magazine "AXIS," Kawakami participated in Italy-Japan design projects at the Domus Academy Research Center as an External Editorial Director. She has authored such books as Realising Design (TOTO Shuppan) and edited such as Tendo Mokko (Bijutsu Shuppan-Sha). She also has been engaged in design exhibitions including "London Design Biennale 2016" as a Curetorial Advisor for Japan official participation.

Message for 10th anniversary of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

In the blink of an eye ten years have passed, from the time before the opening of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT when we began preparations by exploring "methods suited to us" and, starting from a blank slate, continued to engage in an enjoyable process of trial-and-error, where we sought to go forward by mapping out our ideas on each occasion. I would like to express my thanks once again for the support of many people. I strongly feel that in these ten years the number of people who feel design is close to them has increased. Furthermore, the relationship between design and society, and probing important matters more deeply. While taking a bird's-eye view of the current situation, we will plan how we should proceed, and boldly advance towards realization. We ourselves will truly fully enjoy the key elements of that kind of design while motivating ourselves to continue further activities.

Noriko Kawakami