'Zakka: Goods and Things'

Feb 16, 2016

'Zakka: Goods and Things'

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Feb. 26-June 5 During Japan’s postwar economic boom, the term “zakka,” which literally means “uncategorizable things,” was usually used for mundane everyday tools and objects such as kettles, brooms and buckets. Since then, it has evolved to mean miscellaneous goods of a much broader ...

The difficulty of being Frank Gehry

Jan 5, 2016

The difficulty of being Frank Gehry

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The exhibition “Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea,” currently at 21_21 Design Sight and curated by fellow architect Tsuyoshi Tane, crams in a lot, but it’s not exactly a linear retrospective. Rather, it’s an upward look at a man on a tightrope — a ...

'Architect Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea'

Oct 13, 2015

'Architect Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea'

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Oct. 16-Feb. 7 Canadian-born American architect Frank Gehry, known for designing the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and more recently the Fondation Louis Vuitton building, is the focus of 21_21 Design Sight’s new exhibition. Art-directed by architect Tsuyoshi Tane, who is currently working on a redesign ...

'Motion Science' sways toward kids

Jul 7, 2015

'Motion Science' sways toward kids

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There is a bit of a Renaissance feel to “Motion Science” at 21_21 Design Sight. Consciously compounding science, technology, art and design for the greater good of promoting curiosity and discovery in general, the exhibition is targeted at children and students. Automated devices and ...

'Motion Science'

Jun 16, 2015

'Motion Science'

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June 19-Sept. 27 Creative director Seiichi Hishikawa, known for his work on TV commercials and the opening visuals for NHK historical dramas, curated this unusual exhibition for 21_21 Design Sight. As the title “Motion Science” suggests, this exhibition features works that bring movement to ...

The measure of all things is limitless

Mar 27, 2015

The measure of all things is limitless

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In its light-hearted approach of presenting exhibits that include everyday items, contemporary design, artwork and historical objects, “Measuring: This Much, That Much, How Much?” at 21_21 Design Sight has its fair share of crowd pleasers. It begins with the “Perfektron,” an installation that cleverly ...

'Toward a Design Museum Japan'

Oct 23, 2013

'Toward a Design Museum Japan'

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Design is integral to just about every aspect of our lives. It influences us daily— from our everyday interactions to abstract ideas. Today, design museums not only archive and showcase works, but recognize their roles as platforms for dialog, discussion and retrospective thought. Since ...

Tadao Ando: Icon and iconoclast

Dec 7, 2008

Tadao Ando: Icon and iconoclast

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One of the first houses built by Japan’s most famous architect, Tadao Ando, is centered around an open atrium. That sounds nice until you realize that the atrium forms the only “corridor” between each of the rooms. Fancy a hot cup of tea before ...