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Heatherwick and Yoshioka to receive Tokyo Design & Art Environmental Awards

at Tokyo Designers Week later this month Thomas Heatherwick is to be named Designer of the Year and Tokujin Yoshioka is to be named Artist of the Year in the Tokyo Design & Art Environmental Awards. See press release below.

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Greetings from the organizers of Tokyo Designers Week. With our deepest respect and gratitude, we are proud to announce the winners of this year’s TOKYO Design & Art ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS including Designer of the Year and Artist of the Year.

With the launch of TOKYO Design & Art ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS in 2010, TDW is taking a big leap forward and sharing our vision for the future... With the outstanding contribution of our selection committee, composed of 264 international jury members and 30 corporations & organizations from diverse backgrounds and experiences, the final award winners have been selected:

Designer of the Year: Thomas Heatherwick
Fields: Architecture, Product Design, Installations, Sculpture

Established by Thomas Heatherwick in 1994, Heatherwick Studio is recognized for works in architecture, sculpture, urban infrastructure and product design. The practice operates from a studio and workshop in Kings Cross, London, where a team of architects, designers and makers work on projects ranging from bridges and buildings to products and large scale works of public art. This is an environment where project management and implementation takes place in parallel with model-making, prototyping and experimentation with ideas, materials and manufacturing processes.

Artist of the Year: Tokujin Yoshioka
Fields: Art Installations, Product Design, Package, Interior, Display, Architecture, Exhibition

Mr. Yoshioka has collaborated with international companies around the world. Many of his works are in the permanent collections in the major museums including MoMA. He was chosen as the “Designer of the Year 2007” at Design Miami. He was also selected by the Japanese edition of Newsweek as one of the “100 most respected Japanese by the world.”


On Friday, October 29th TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK will host the Designer of the Year Award ceremony with the winner Thomas Heatherwick. The following evening, October 30th, Tokujin Yoshioka will be be presented the Artist of the Year award. A party to celebrate both winners will follow the award ceremony on 10/30 at Meiji Jingu Gaien in the TDW-DOME. If you are planning to travel to Tokyo, we will mail you invitations, so please do not hesitate to contact us

Designer of the Year Award Ceremony : October 29th (Fri) 18:00~
Artist of the Year Award Ceremony : October 30th (Sat) 18:00~
Party to honour both winners : October 30th immediately following the ceremony

Lacation : Meiji Jingu Gaien, Tokyo Designers Week Main venue, TDW-DOME.


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