Have you ever wondered where Japan’s world-famous designers get their ideas from, how they are inspired, and how they combine their thoughts and create great designs? Currently, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT in Tokyo Midtown is having an exhibition showing the tools and original drawings of Japanese masters!
Opened in Tokyo Midtown in 2007, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is a venue with various exhibitions focusing on design. The name of the venue stems from the English expression “20/20 Vision (Sight)” – for a perfect vision. The name “21_21 DESIGN SIGHT” was chosen with the intention of making us ”look ahead”, observe, and getting a new perspective on things.
How designers design their designs
The special exhibition Secret Source of Inspiration: Designers’ Hidden Sketches and Mockups features sketches and tools of current and former members of the Japan Design Committee.
The Japan Design Committee is an organization founded in 1953 and consists of architects, critics, and designers from various fields. When you look closely, you will realize that the members are all very famous people! Together with the famous department store Matsuya Ginza, the committee has been recognizing excellent products and hosting various design showcases.
The source of inspiration
The exhibition inside Gallery 2 focuses on the design process. Have a look at the design sketches, models, and objects used in the creative process of over twenty committee members. You will see that some designers use a lot of sketches, while others rather use words to write their ideas down. I was really amazed at how different the approaches of every designer were in their design process!
I was so absorbed in studying the original drawings that I didn’t realize how much time had passed. If you like design, I am sure you will enjoy this exhibition too!
Apart a few of the works, you may take pictures of the displays – something otherwise often prohibited at museums in Japan. By taking a picture of something you liked or find inspiring, maybe you’ll get a new design idea? If you are in need of some beautiful inspiration, be sure to check this special exhibition!
‘Secret Source of Inspiration: Designers’ Hidden Sketches and Mockups’
Date: Until September 22, 2020
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
To prevent the spread of the new coronavirus infection, the opening hours are shortened and some programs at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT require a reservation in advance. For further details, please refer to the official website.