Have you ever wished that someone would put together a “best of” exhibition of Japanese design? I know I have and now I know someone was listening. Nippon Vision 4, which opens April 6th at Isetan Department Store in Shinjuku, survey’s all 47 prefectures in Japan, carefully selecting designs that were hand-crafted in that prefecture and sourced from local materials.
The theme of the show is 4, which indicates the 4 major categories of design that will be of central focus: accessories, clothing, food and home.
Broom and dustbin from Kumamoto.
Designed by Toshinobu Takamitsu of Open Studio.
Ring Ultra and Earrings Leaf from Aichi.
They were made from heat-resistant glass such as what’s used to make test-tubes. Designed by Yoko Yano.
Kitchen scissors from Hyogo
Hand-crafted by TAjiKA, a group of artisans who have passed down the art of scissor-making for 4 generations.
Tea Caddy from Kyoto
Made by Kaikado, who has been making tin canisters since 1875.