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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

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.




Let's talk about Shiro Kuramata

Symposium held

Shiro Kuramata (1934-1991) is a legendary designer who was active in the 1960s and 1980s.
His character and his work continue to fascinate people all over the world.
Thirty years before his death, he held a symposium to connect the design of Kuramata to the younger generation from the past to the present and the future as "Introduction to Shiro Kuramata".


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