TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK started systematically as Designers’ Saturday in 1986 and was renamed as TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK in the year 1997, setting its venue continuously every fall for 28 years in the city of Tokyo. It is an international design event that gathers the excellent design and art from all over the world in areas close to our every-day lives, such as architecture, interior, product design, graphic design and art. Since 2005, the event has been provided the central venue of Meiji Jingu Gaien Mae (In front of Meiji-Jingu Memorial Picture Gallery) and developed into an event that attracting in 2012 a record number of over 100,000 people with highly sensitive opinions in the creative field. The event has allowed companies, organizations, embassies, schools, designers to become highly recognized by providing a place to announce their latest design and art through PR, product promotion, marketing and testing for branding purposes.
Date: Oct. 26th(Sat)- Nov. 4th(Mon・National Holiday) Scheduled for 10 days
Time: 11:00–22:00 (18:00 on the last day)
Venue: 2-3 Kasumigaoka , Tokyo
Meiji-Jingu Gaien Mae (Central Venue), SHOPs around the Metropolitan Area
Expected Visitors:120,000 people (estimate) *101,790 people (2012/7 days)
JR Chuo Line・Sobu Line [Shinanomachi Station・Setagaya Station]
Ginza Line「Gaien Mae」
Ginza Line・Hanzomon Line・Oeda Line[Aoyama Itchome]
Oedo Line[Kokuritsu Kyogijo]
TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK 2013 will evolve from a design exhibition to a design festival aiming to gather all sorts of creativity into a 'Creative, Festival'. As the genres in creativity are naturally crossing country borders, the event has surpassed its boundaries and aims to broaden the experience of possibilities in the future of design and art. As a design festival, as well as those in the design and art field, it intends to create an opportunity for everybody, from children and adults, to experience and enjoy design and art. The event intends to propagate as everyone's design and as everyone's art.
Representative of 'VELVETA DESIGN'. Kimi graduated from Kuwasawa Design School. After working for a construction company and a design firm, she established 'VELVETA DESIGN OFFICE TOKYO' in 2004. Kimi works in various fields, designing the "atmosphere" being her main theme. One of her latest work is the "OMOTESANDO Illumination"/"IKSPIARI Christmas"/"OMOTESANDO HILLS FAÇADE RENEWAL"/"Ginza Christmas(KIBOU-NO-TUBASA)"/"NISSAN Design Center Board Room"/ etc... She also was one of the three leading female designers/artists of the next generation at Mazda Demio New Target EXPO. Kimi has received Display Design Awards and many others.
The event has established 'ASIA AWARDS', a creative award that aims to synthesize Asia as the symbol for the 'DESIGN Fes'. Asia is considered to lead the culture and economy of the 21st Century. Therefore, it was thought necessary to dispatch a creative hub, allowing Japan to take the initiative, raising "COOL ASIA" to gather the creative power of Asia. The 'ASIA AWARDS' will provide opportunities not only for top designers, but also for students and young designers/artists in Asia to showcase their creativity
Become a platform for young Asian creators to make their strides to the global stage.
Build friendship between Japan and other Asian countries through cultural exchanges in design and art.
For top designers and artists
1.Nominations from countries
For designers and artists under 30
1. Public entries
2. Nominations from countries
For Students in undergraduate, graduate universities and vocational schools
1. Public entries by organizations
2. Public entries by individuals
3. Invitations sent to top Asian Schools
China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong-Kong, Singapore, India, Indonesia and others
As a memoir to the start of ASIA AWARDS, TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK2013 has appointed its first female show designer. A festive atmosphere will be designed for visitors to fully experience a new kind of "DESIGN Fes." .
TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK’s main content. The TDW TENT exhibition gathers 100,000 people with highly sensitive opinions in the creative field, creating a forum for the promotion of various companies and products. Visitors include manufactures, buyers, various media, people in the design industry who can become incubators. An international creative marketing event with two faces. 'Business to Business' , by matching between new business partners, and 'Business to Consumer', by allowing the encounter with the consumenrs, the real life trend setters.
【New Exhibition Style】
The 4 different types of individual tents allows a new and original presentation. The outside can be designed to preference. As it is an individual original space, the area can be used for other than exhibiting. The usage of sound, lights, performances and invitations are also allowed.
A unique venue by TDW that utilizes cargo containers, the Container Exhibition is highly popular.It aims to brand and promotes through completed independent and individualistic space of containers. Moreover, visitors are charmed by the exhibition, which is possible only here at TDW, such as the interactive art of where people can participate, colorful special installation and the media art which made full use of projectors. Celebrating its 10thyear, this year we plan to organize special exhibition by industry leading designers, new pricing etc to make it the best ever.
Celebrating its 12thyear, the School Exhbition has grown to become a major content of Tokyo Designers Week. Over 5000 teams of students inside and outside Japan have participated and showcased their youthful sensitivities. This year the program will be reborn as the Students of Asia, with schools and students from Asia participating. We expect designers & artists from Asia will develop capabilities to excel on the global stage through interacting with students across different countries and fields.
During TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK, with Aoyama as the focus, shops, galleries, cafes and beauty salons in the city will dress the city streets with art and design as SHOP SUPPORTERS. Some will even host special projects for a limited time, so using the TDW official sticker as a signpost, why not go take a look!
Various contents will be held within the TDW Dome this year. 'Hello Night' talk shows with various top creators and their fellow friends will be held at night for those unable to visit during the daytime A special BAR will alsobe installed for everybody to enjoy the event will having a drink.
The Jakuchu Kansei Inspired Exhibition.
Jakuchu's works influenced contemporary art and design as well.It gathered works of a variety of top creators from all over the world inspired by Jakuchu. A total of 100 works were displayed, with 70 works by top creators and 30 works chosen for the international competition.