HAPPENINGText: Chiaki Ogura

Office of Paul Smith

His office at Covent Garden is reproduced here. Books, bicycle, camera, rabbit, robot, letters, memos, and things are put all around the room. Desk completely becomes a spot for putting things and he doesn’t work there. He was curious about how and why things are made. Almost all the things are collected through his world travels. These are the origin of his inspiration. This office may be inside of his head.

Bedroom of a hotel in Paris where Paul Smith had a collection for the first time

The place where Paul presented his works for the first time in foreign country was a bedroom of a hotel in Paris. The first collection had only 6 shirts, couple of sweaters and suits. Although he invited press and buyers of haute couture, only a person came to the room on the final day. Paul however could take an order form the person and it was the start of his business.


Design studio of Paul Smith company

Paul Smith company designs all of the shops in the world. There is an exclusive design team in the head quarter. They try making each shop has their own vision and characteristic local color is reflected to the design. They think shop is where people can find something interesting.

From left top to right, clockwise “Paul Smith Collection” “Inside Paul’s head” “Panel for Paul Smith brand advertising promotion” “installation movie describing inside of Paul’s head”

Because Paul himself takes photos of attractive things in usual life and those connect to his inspiration and idea, he wanted people to take photos at the venue.

Words by Paul Smith “Everyday is a new beginning.”

At the exit, certain words are written on the slip. It is words that Paul often uses. “Everyday is a new beginning.” He sometimes secretly puts a slip with writing this his favorite words on pc of the employees. The big slip written, as “Everyday is a new beginning” is the last message from Paul to you. What will you feel through this exhibition?

Paul Smith Exhibition “HELLO, MY NAME IS PAUL SMITH”
Date: June 4th – July 18th, 2016
Opening hours: 9:30 – 17:00 (Till 20:00 on Friday)
*Last entry 30 minutes prior to closing time
Closed on Monday (Opened on July 18th)
Place: The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto
Address: Okazaki Enshoji-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto
Tel: +81 (0)75 761 4111

Text: Chiaki Ogura
Translation: Fuyumi Saito
Photos: Chiaki Ogura

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