Tokyo Designers Week 2014 receives over 100,000 visitors
Tokyo Designers Week 2014

Tokyo Designers Week 2014 exhibition receives more than 100,000 visitors

Dezeen promotion: Japanese showcase Tokyo Genius Expo welcomed over 100,000 guests through its doors last month, as part of the country's biggest design event.

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Installation by C-Depot. Main image: Container by Chintai and PPP

During this year's Tokyo Designers Week, the 10-day show ran from 25 October to 3 November in the woods of Jingu Shrine.

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Hokusai Manga-Inspired Exhibition at Tokyo Designers Week

It exhibited work by emerging and established designers, brands and universities from across Japan.

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Hokusai Manga-Inspired Exhibition at Tokyo Designers Week

The Architectural Model & Project Proposal Exhibition featured models and proposals devised by 13 prominent Japanese architects, including Sou Fujimoto, Junya Ishigami, Kazuyo Sejima and Terunobu Fujimori.

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Architectural model by Toyo Ito

Visitors were given the opportunity to take a closer look at their work and see how the projects came together.

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Architecture model by Kengo Kuma

A newly created prize called Dare to Dream Design Award made its debut at the Expo, with the intention of  preserving and promoting the history of the kimono, a traditional Japanese garment.

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Immortal Butterfly by Asami Kiyokawa

Entries were reviewed by a panel of judges including British designer Ross Lovegrove, and the winner's work was displayed in a special booth during Tokyo Designers Week 2014.

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Ross Lovegrove's Diatom chair in front of a kimono

Elsewhere, the Hokusai Manga-inspired Exhibition showcased the work of 53 established and burgeoning Japanese artists, while the Super Robot Exhibition attempted to explore the intersection between creativity and technology.

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Keitai Girl by Noriko Yamaguchi on show at the Super Robot Exhibition

Tokyo Genius Expo also played host to the first World Design Week Summit, which saw eighteen organisers of design weeks from around the world come together to discuss potential collaborations and projects.

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Handiii by Exiii on show at the Super Robot Exhibition

As part of its mission to promote Japanese design at home and abroad, Tokyo Designers Week will exhibit at Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan and New York's NYCxDesign in 2015.

Photographs are by Luke Hayes.

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