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Survey on the actual situation of Japanese design archives

what is going on?Design archives of these people



About the design archive

As you all know, Japan is the third largest economy in the world.Although it is being driven up by emerging countries such as China, trust in Japanese products and admiration is still large even from a global perspective.It is also an evaluation of Japanese design (architecture, product, graphic, fashion, content) at the same time.
However, conservation research activities of ideas and processes (works, sketches, drawings, models, etc.) that are the sources of the "JAPAN DESIGN" are largely lagging in Europe and the United States.In fact, there are no educational institutions or research institutions that conduct research and research on design museums and design archives in Japan.
But time will not wait.The first generation who contributed to the development of postwar Japan's design died and aged, its precious design heritage dissipated, and it is on the verge of being destroyed.In fact, most of their work and materials are kept secretly by families, relatives or stakeholders, or disseminated to domestic and overseas, even the location or contact information is lost.
This project conducts surveys on the actual situation of freelance designers and architects and organizations conducting design archiving activities to the actual persons, relatives and related persons, publishes the results to the WEB, and shares it widely By doing so, we aim to nurture the momentum of design archiving.To that end, we are conducting activities based on the following three projects.
In future, in collaboration with individuals and organizations with similar goals, we are aiming for a platform to discuss and discuss future Japanese design archives and design musical origins.




Investigate the actual situation of design archives (interviews) with designers and architects, their relatives and related personnel, convert them into text data, publish them to the web, create and distribute reports, and distribute them.

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While visiting the atelier of designers and architects, while experiencing the space that is the site of design, tell the era, thought, and work to do.Aim for a place to talk about future designs.

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How do I archive my works and materials?It aims to explore and share methodology for design archiving with designers, museum staff, researchers.


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Survey member

Seki Yasuko (PLAT Director Editor)

Wakai Akiko (PLAT secretariat writer)

Urawa Ai (writer)

Ishiguro Tomoko (writer)

Keiko Kubota (President ADP Representative)

Katsuhiko Abe (WEB production ABEZO representative)





what is going on?
Design archives of these people

What's the deal? Design archive of these people

Graphic designer

Hiromu Hara Born in 1903 *

Yusaku Kamekura Born in 1915 *

Kiyoshi Awazu Born in 1929 * NEW

Kazumasa Nagai Born in 1929

Ikko Tanaka Born in 1930 * NEW

Mitsuo KatsuiBorn in 1931 *

Shigeo Fukuda Born in 1932 *

Kohei Sugiura Born in 1932

Masayoshi Nakajo Born in 1933

Eiko Ishioka Born in 1938 *

Ryohei Kojima Born in 1939 *

Katsumi Asaba Born in 1940

Shin Matsunaga Born in 1940

Koichi Sato Born in 1944 *

Hideya KawakitaBorn in 1947

Tsuguya Inoue Born in 1947

Tamotsu YagiBorn in 1949

Kan Akita Born in 1958 *

Interior designer

Shiro Kuramata Born in 1934 *

Susumu Kitahara Born in 1937

Teruaaki Ohashi Born in 1938 *

Shigeru Uchida Born in 1943 * NEW

Takashi Sugimoto Born in 1945 *

Kanji Ueki born in 1945

Setsuo Kitaoka Born in 1946 *

Kazuko Fujie Born in 1947

Naoki Iijima born in 1949 NEW


Textile designer

Hiroshi Awatsuji born in 1929 *



Motoo Nakanishi Born in 1938


Furniture craftsman

Shigeki Miyamoto Born in 1937

There is also the possibility of changing subjects of survey.

The subjects (individuals) to be surveyed have been selected, including those who have already died, referring to the 2006 Asahi Shimbun publication "The Great Masters who have designed Nippon".

* Is a person who has died.