- Some good news if you haven’t yet had a chance to catch the “PROTOTYPE 03” exhibition, as it’s been extended until December 13. Some of the designers will also be on hand on both December 6 and 13 (Sundays).
- PangeaSeed is collaborating with Parties 4 Peace on a winter fundraising at Favela in Aoyama on December 11. Expect an international mix of activism, art, music, and fashion.
- Artist Tanya Tanaka is having a “Tokyo Taping” installation project in two parts, first on Wednesday (December 2) during PechaKucha Night Vol. 67 at SuperDeluxe, and then the installation proper at SinDen in Aoyama, with the opening happening on Friday (December 4, 19:00-21:30).
I’m very happy to note that the PROTOTYPE exhibition series — originally conceived by Keiji Ashizawa — is back this year for a third edition. “PROTOTYPE 03” will be held at the Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, November 13-24, with the opening party — which you won’t want to miss, I know I won’t — happening November 12 (19:00-22:00).
An exhibition of prototype works from product designers, furniture designers, architects, and other creatives.This collection of prototypes and in-process design work illustrates the discovery, frustration and serendipity of the design process and highlights how prototypes are used as vehicles for solving problems and generating new ideas.
The list of participants is an absolute who’s who of the new generation bringing life to the current Japanese design scene — visit the exhibition’s official website for the full list, as well as info on what will be shown.
DoCoMo, Sharp, Olympus, and “reforestation group” More Trees have collaborated on a new mobile phone, the “Touch Wood,” using “excess materials collected during forest thinning.” No word on any official release just yet, but it’ll show up at this week’s CREATEC JAPAN 2009 at Makuhari Messe (October 6-10). Via PSFK.