'Zakka: Goods and Things'

Art Feb 16, 2016

'Zakka: Goods and Things'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

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 range ...

The difficulty of being Frank Gehry

Art Jan 5, 2016

The difficulty of being Frank Gehry

by Mark Thompson

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'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Oct 13, 2015

'Architect Frank Gehry: I Have an Idea'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

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 of the ...

'Motion Science' sways toward kids

Art Jul 7, 2015

'Motion Science' sways toward kids

by John L. Tran

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'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Jun 16, 2015

'Motion Science'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

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 artistic expressions. ...

The measure of all things is limitless

Style & Design Mar 27, 2015

The measure of all things is limitless

by Mio Yamada

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 brings ...

'Toward a Design Museum Japan'

Art / Openings In Tokyo Oct 23, 2013

'Toward a Design Museum Japan'

by Jordan Sievers

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 it ...

Tadao Ando: Icon and iconoclast

Style & Design Dec 7, 2008

Tadao Ando: Icon and iconoclast

by Edan Corkill

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 ...