The design week in Japan started on a wet and gray note today, but not even the typhoon forecast could keep the color and excitement of this annual event at bay. On entrance it seemed more like a festival — complete with trance music and students scattered across an open field. This outside area was allocated for top students from different design disciplines in Japan.
Most of the designs in this area were in conceptual phase, but some pieces really stood out like this quirky hanger, the Gear Stool (by Kazuhito Otsubo), Bride's Chest (by Hirano Hatsumi) and the Building Planter.
The theme of this year's Tokyo Design Week is 'Environment' and the award ceremony took place earlier today — we'll report on that and the rest of the exhibition next Friday.
Unfortunately no photographs are permitted inside the exhibition area! Tokyo Design week runs until next Wednesday with events across the city. For more information see: Tokyo Design Week.
Images: Liezel Strauss