21_21 Design Sight Tokyo


October 5, 2007 - January 14, 2008

How can design provide a useful tool with which to navigate our social and natural surroundings? A team of individuals from a wide spectrum of fields examined many of the ways in which humans and water intersect. The goal of this exhibition is to offer the visitor an all-encompassing sensory experience using design as a medium through which to offer a new perspective upon water.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT director and graphic designer Taku Satoh will “curate” the exhibition. Mr. Satoh has put together a team of experts from a wide variety of fields including anthropology, photography, lighting design, and design engineering. The water project is a result of extensive research and is comprised not only by an exhibition, but is also an attempt to engage the five senses by creating different points of reference between design and water. The latter will be in the form of publications, websites, talk shows, and workshops.

21_21 Design Sight, is a new design platform in Tokyo.
The directors are three designers: Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh, and Naoto Fukasawa, three designers each working in different mediums (fashion, graphic and industrial design) are the main driving force behind 21_21 Design Sight. Tadao Ando is the architect of the new building.

It will be not so much a museum as a research center for design, a place for thinking about design, and a place where things are actually made. The aim is to share views and ideas with the many parties involved in design, starting with designers and including companies, craftsmen and engineers, as well as consumers, and to launch a movement to foster interest in, and greater understanding of design.