HAPPENINGText: Yasuharu Motomiya

Tokyo Designers Block (TDB) was held throughout Tokyo in areas such as Aoyama, Harajuku, Shibuya, Roppongi, Daikanyama, Shinjuku, etc from October 9th to 13th. It is a very unique art festival not only in terms of its scale, but also the way which the art is displayed and its link with several projects. Find out more this dynamic exhibition here with me.

First of all, here is Idee Shop in Aoyama. It is one of the biggest spots and functioned as the information center of TDB. Works by Jerszy Seymour, a designer from Milan, were exhibited here.

In a piece titled “Welcome to scam city”, there were special resin treated lights and a sofa that ooked uncomfortable with a bumpy surface creating something like a solid lava formation. But actually, it was made of resin treated material! So if you sit on it the shape would change to fit your body. At first glance, they looked grotesque but he put them together making a pop and rock atmosphere which was quite humorous.

The Wonderwall series by Masamichi Katayama included items such as a kitchen shelf and CD rack, was also exhibited in this shop.

The inside of the shelf’s drawers were painted by Masataka Kurashina with a snake motif. Mixing images of hard-look aluminum and soft-look snakes created a unique attraction for everyone.

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