A Visit To Tokyo Designers Week 2011

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The 26th edition of Tokyo Designers Week opened on November 1st and runs until the 6th of November. Despite the name, it’s more of a single location event – all the other design events on at this time of year are not actually under the TDW umbrella.

My expectations on arrival were not that high. On my last visit to the event a few years ago there was a lot of interesting furniture but nothing that really left an impression. This time the event was a slightly different experience – there seemed to be much more of a contemporary art focus with a lot of installation type design as well as a lot more of an academic presence with numerous art and technical universities sponsoring and running booths. As a sign of the times, interactive technology also had a strong presence with DoCoMo building an interesting smart phone manipulated environment and Fujitsu creating a sensor based interactive video and music experience.

While there was a lot of innovative Japanese design on show, design from neighbouring countries South Korea and Taiwan also stood out. The Red Dot Design Award winning Korean designed silicone iPhone stand was particularly popular.

Overall TDW 2011 offered a wide range of interesting and innovative creative design. If you miss the last day of the event tomorrow, keep an eye out for the event when it comes around again in 2012.