DESIGNART tokyo 2021: all the exhibitions set to enliven the japanese city this fall




venue: salvatore ferragamo ginza flagship store 7-8-2 ginza, chuo-ku, tokyo

material and technical cooperation: unou juku agc inc.

the theme of salvatore ferragamo‘s autumn winter 2021 collection is future positive. kazuto imura, who resonates with ferragamo’s proudest innovation and message of taking a step into the future, will exhibit his work titled ‘opticalverse’ together with brand’s collection. the optical created by his unique technique using half mirrors and spherical mirrors will be on view.



venue: prada aoyama 5-2-6, minami-aoyama, minato-ku, tokyo


prada‘s aoyama store, designed by herzog & de meuron, will host the exhibition ‘sturm & drang preview service’. curated by luigi alberto cippini (armature globale), fredi fischli and niels olsen (gta exhibitions, ETH zurich), the exhibition looks directly at the preliminary non-digital processes in use in computer-generated imagery (CGI). (reservation required) 



venue: tory burch ginza 4-3-11 ginza, chuo-ku, tokyo
tory burch ginza store will hold an exhibition in collaboration with artist kayoko kimura. questioning life and world through her paintings with a soft and delicate touch, kimura will present works that symbolize her view of the world as well as new pieces inspired by tory burch.




venue: Y’s omotesando1f / b1f omotesando hills,4-12-10,jingumae, shibuya-ku

Y’s, the flagship brand of yohji yamamoto, will exhibit a series of interior elements that have a uniqueness of sculptures at the omotesando store. the theme of the collection is ‘ghost’, and it expresses a mysterious atmosphere that gives a sense of floating.

DESIGNART tokyo 2021 highlights
tory burch × kayoko kimura(left), ‘sturm & drang preview service’ supported by fondazione prada(right above), Y‘s / ambi(right below)




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FLEXFORM velocity of colours

venue: flexform tokyo 6-4-10 minami-aoyama, minato-ku, tokyo

the flexform tokyo showroom unveils new products introduced in milano salone, together with an installation by architect kentaro ishida and a contemporary art exhibition curated by maho kubota gallery. as the title of ‘velocity of colours’, visitors can enjoy the space, inspired by the colours of the beautiful nature of italy with flexform’s new furniture.



TENTS AT WORK — the ‘steelcase work tent’ brings change to the office

venue: steelcase | wsi worklife tokyo 4f kowa hiroo building, 5-2-32,minami-azabu, minato-ku, tokyo

the pandemic has impacted every aspect of our lives — how we live, learn and how we work. steelcase, an insight lead industry leading office furniture manufacturer, has launched the ‘steelcase work tents collection’ as a versatile privacy solution. the work tent, which is designed in collaboration with a world-class tent designer and inspired by the iconic gherkin building in london, will be showcased for the first time in japan.




venue: time & style midtown tokyo midtown galleria 3f, 9-7-4 akasaka, minato-ku, tokyo

the new time & style collection presents a dense lineup of products combining wood with different materials, crafted using traditional techniques from across japan. visitors will experience the space that time & style idealizes, a space with harmony carried by a collection of products sharing the same core concept. the collection delivers modern products based on japanese and broader asian cultural concepts to the world.




venue: unknown harajuku 6-5-10 jingumae , shibuya-ku, tokyo


ariake, a furniture brand founded by the two factories legnatec and hirata chair manufacture, brings its collection to japan for the first time. named after the ariake sea in southern japan, ariake symbolizes a new chapter for the two factories as they embark on a collaboration with international designers for the global market.

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CRÉATION BAUMANN / MIKI SATO — talking about curtains

venue: création baumann japan, tokyo showroom 6-4-10 minami-aoyama, minato-ku, tokyo


swiss textile enterprise création baumann will reveal curtains by fabric designer miki sato.

this year’s designs celebrate the appeal of softly shifting textiles that play with light and shadows.DESIGNART tokyo 2021: all the exhibitions set to enliven the japanese city this fall
flexform  ‘velocity of colours'(left above), time & style new furniture collection 2021(right above), ariake new collection show 2021 comes to japan(left below),  création baumann / talking about curtains ・miki sato(right below)



YKK AP & KEITA SUZUKI — window on the future: gaudí meets 3D printing

venue: tokyo midtown, galleria b1 atrium 9-7-1, akasaka, minato-ku,tokyo period : 10/15 (fri.) ~11/3 (wed. holiday)


YKK AP is always thinking of ways to make new kinds of windows that can bring more freedom and happiness to architecture and people’s everyday lives. this particular exhibit will showcase prototypes of windows created with cutting-edge 3D-printing technology, designed with various forms and functions that resonate with the natural environment and inspired by the windows of world-renowned architect antoni gaudí. realized with the special collaboration of gaudí-designed UNESCO world heritage sites such as casa batlló and casa milà,this exhibit offers a view into the future of windows, which has evolved at the thresholds of nature and human life.

DESIGNART tokyo 2021: all the exhibitions set to enliven the japanese city this fall
morimura yasumasa, self-portrait through art history(van gogh/blue flame), 2016/2018, inkjet print on canvas, 65×54.5cm(left)
ritsue mishima, amon, 2019, glass, 45.5x37x37cm (reference image) photo by francesco barasciutti(right)


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KOHEI NAWA AT GINZA SIX — ‘metamorphosis garden’

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venue: 2f central atrium, 6-10-1 ginza, chuo-ku, tokyo period: ~ april 2022 (dates to be confirmed.)
press release #02 september 2021

‘metamorphosis garden’ is an installation with the theme of life, matter, and a world in which ambiguous entities coexist on the boundary between the two. expressing the emergence of a new narrative out of chaos, it is a development from the biota (fauna/flora) installation (2013) on inujima island in the seto inland sea. an augmented reality performance created in collaboration with choreographer damien jalet creates a constantly changing world in which real objects and images of augmented reality overlap.



venue: courtyard hiroo, 4-21-2 nishi-azabu, minato-ku, tokyo period: 10/1(fri)-11/26(fri)

courtyard hiroo, a cultural and commercial complex under the concept of open, social, borderless, sets their exhibition theme for 2021 as ‘look forward!’ the selection of works of the artists from a-tom ceo, shigeru aoi’s collection, as well as past participants of cultural activities of a-tom will be exhibited, that give courage and strength to drive our excitement about the future.




roppongi area, where contemporary art galleries converge in buildings such as piramide and complex665, is also participating in DESIGNART tokyo 2021. on the ground floor of piramide, perrotin tokyo will hold a solo exhibition of french artist JR, on view until november 20, 2021. meanwhile, tomio koyama gallery, shugoarts, and taka ishii gallery have opened their spaces in complex 665. shugoarts, founded by shugo satani, selects artists with local roots and a mindset that transcends time and national borders and disseminates their activities from tokyo. the gallery will hold ‘where I am standing’, a two-person exhibition by yasumasa morimura and ritsue mishima  from october 30 to november 27, 2021.



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