Japan C at Felissimo Design House
Hiroshi Fujiwara, Junya Watanabe, Takashi Murakami. These are all household names by now, and if you are not familiar with them, you should be. I think the late Amy Spindler said it best in her 2002 NY Times article: Japan (Tokyo) is the capitol of fashion. Since then, the aforementioned men and others, have helped expand Japan’s roster beyond just technology and fashion and have brought to the forefront of culture, design, music, and art. There is something about Japanese products that appeals to so many, and transcends the played out Anime/Manga fetish that (admittedly) led the way for this “invasion.” For an interactive crash course, Felissimo Design House is hosting the Japan C event. The 11 week event is an all-encompassing celebration of everything that “cool, cute, creative, and clever within Japanese culture.” In addition to the exhibits, there are weekly events with designers and product demonstrations. The event, which started on August 16th and goes through November 1st, is free to the public and will feature over 70 Japanese firms. If you get a chance to check it out, leave a comment and let us know what you think. I am particularly fond of Shin Tanaka‘s (papercraft) work and think the plant in a keychain idea is pretty awesome as well.