DESIGNTIDE 2006

HAPPENING

DesignTide in Tokyo 2006 took place at an empty building and various galleries in Tokyo from November 1 through the 5th. About 100 groups of designers gathered for this event from all over the world. This year’s theme “DESIGN” & PEACE. There was a sign hanging outside of the main building asking, “what you really need.” Ecology and peace were the main notion artists were expressing.


There were exhibition part, which was by 60 groups of designers, and market place called “Tide market” to sell their pieces.

There were a lot of participants with various styles of art such as interactive installation, free climbing, building blocks, etc…

This piece was created by French artist Geraldine Gonzalez, who also manages show-windows for a famous department store in Paris. The big black heart motif engenders a mysterious and special atmosphere. The piece elicits a message that nature is more powerful than anything.

In the Treasured Trash project, creators from different genre showed their original resource cans and objects made with scrap woods.

Colorful chandelier. When looked at up close, these chandeliers are made from plastic that had been picked up from the beach. Designed by English designer Stewart Heygars, this piece emphasizes a strong message about the environment.

A live paint show by Atsushi Touyama & ASYL CLACK was held November 3rd in the afternoon. During the show they created a one of a kind tumbler and “resource can” (meaning the converse of a trash can).

Colleagues from ASYL CLACK directed Atsushi Touyama along well regarding his piece. Atsushi Touyama cut his paintings into pieces to use as decoration for each tumbler. The visitors were encouraged to decide which piece of the painting they wanted to have incorporated into the tumbler. Not surprisingly, each tumbler was sold quickly.

This is a photo of Mr. Sato from ASYL CLACK working on the “resource can.” A lot of visitors were interested in Mr. Sato’s creative paintings. It was not uncommon to hear visitors talking about and enjoying the art as the event moved along smoothly until the end. As a result of the show being exhibited near the entrance, many visitors stopped by.

Not only was the main building well organized, but other exhibition sites were well organized as well. There are many design events this time of year, but this particular event focused more on the “meaning of theme.” I would like this event to continue until we know why recycling needs to be expressed by design.

DesignTide in Tokyo 2006
Date: 1st – 5th November 2006
Address: Tokyo, Harajuku, Shibuya, and Aoyama area
http://www.designtide.jp

Text and Photos: phil_internship

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