A mirror to the modern lifestyle

Art April 18, 2019 12:10

By The Nation

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 In the belief that the design of household products serves as a mirror reflecting society and the personal lifestyles of individuals, the Japan Foundation, Bangkok, in collaboration with TCDC Bangkok, TCDC Chiang Mai, TCDC Khon Kaen, and the Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Gallery, Khon Kaen University, are co-organising the travelling exhibition “Japanese Design Today 100”. It will show at TCDC Bangkok from April 24 to May 26 then move to Chiang Mai from June 8 to 30 at TCDC, and end at Khon Kaen University’s Faculty of Fine and Applied Arts Gallery where it will show from July 12 to 28

The exhibition 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. The word “today” in the exhibition thus comprehensively encompasses the time frame dating back from the 1950s to after 2010 that has had a significant influence on the design of today. 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.

Renowned designers both from Japan and Thailand will be guest speakers, among them Kashiwagi Hiroshi, Professor Emeritus of Musashino Art University, Vice-President of Thai Package Design Association (Thai PDA) for academic affairs Assoc Prof Patave Arrayapharnon, Dr Kham Chaturongakul Instructor, Industrial design, Faculty of Architecture , Khon Kaen University and two members of the Bangkok-based o-d-a design group Jutamas Buranajade and Piti Amraranga, who design children’s furniture for Japanese brand, Katoji and produce their own works as o-d-a brand.