Japanese Design Today 100: The Designscape of Contemporary Japan

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Jun 201427 Jul 201419

UCLA 365 PORTOLA PLAZA (Perloff Hall, Decafe, Room 1302)
Los Angeles, California, 90095
United States

Friday, June 27* to Saturday, July 19, 2014
*On June 27, the exhibition will be open only from 7:30pm-9:30pm in conjunction with the Opening Reception

Exhibition Hours
Tuesday-Saturday 12:00pm-5:00pm
(June 28 - July 19)
Closed on Sundays and Mondays, Independence Day

The Designscape of Contemporary Japan
The Japan Foundation presents the world premiere of the exhibition Japanese Design Today 100, which opens at UCLA’s Department of Architecture & Urban Design at Perloff Hall starting on June 27.

Free Admission

Exhibition Venue
UCLA Architecture & Urban Design
Perloff Hall, Decafe, Room 1302
Los Angeles, CA 90095

*Perloff Hall is located on the UCLA campus.

Opening Reception for the Exhibition
Date Friday, June 27
Time 7:30pm

UCLA Architecture & Urban Design
Perloff Hall, Decafe
*Light refreshments will be served.

Directions & Parking
For map and directions: http://www.aud.ucla.edu/contact/visiting.html

*Parking is available for $12, purchase parking at the Westholme & Hilgard Ave. kiosk.
Alternative parking is available at self-parking pay stations.

Japanese Design Today 100 showcases the Designscape of contemporary Japan through 100 objects of Japanese design: 89 objects created since 2010 that can be seen in Japan today, as well as 11 objects that represent the origin of Japanese post-war modern product design.  These 100 product designs are displayed in 10 categories: Classic Japanese Design, Furniture & Housewares, Tableware & Cookware, Apparel & Accessories, Children, Stationery, Hobbies, Healthcare, Disaster Relief, and Transportation.

Designscape showcases popular designs as well as what is known as high design.  Not all of them have the hard-edged, clean lines typical of modern design; many have more supple forms typical of traditional crafts.  These differences reflect the tendency of current Japanese design to focus on day-to-day life in Japan, while representing the Japanese lifestyle, history, culture and tradition.

This exhibition can be approached as a bird’s-eye view of Japanese design or it can be enjoyed in a more casual way as if taking a virtual trip to Japan.  It gives viewers a good idea of many aspects of contemporary Japanese culture.

Since 2004, the previous version of this exhibition has been traveling around the world fascinating countless viewers in many countries including Egypt, India, and Russia.  After a decade since its launch, the Japan Foundation has updated the entire exhibition to reflect the changes in design. Los Angeles is the first port stop for Designscape as it embarks on another ten year journey around the world.



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