We live now in unpredictable times. As if that weren’t enough, the COVID-19 pandemic forced people in 2020 to upend their values at every turn and seek out new lifestyles. In this topsy-turvy world, we require original ideas that transgress old frameworks and craft new visions. Equally important is the ability to execute initiatives meant to push us toward the realization of those visions.
Exceptional design and art unleash human potential and provide us with insights into and hints for surviving unprecedented times. To seize the future we desire, we must strive not for the correct answer but for our own answers to questions that repeatedly redefine our values. This is why we must keep the creative torch lit and pass it on to the next generation.
By adding online content to the festival in 2020, we have grown it into a hybrid, international event, fusing the physical and digital to create an environment where people can connect anytime, anywhere. Now is not the time to fear an uncertain future. Now is the time to step out, to seize this unprecedented opportunity for anyone to express themselves in design and art.
DESIGNART TOKYO began in 2017 as a design and art festival based on the theme “INTO THE EMOTIONS.” Eminent creatives from around the world converge in Tokyo, one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, to hold various exhibitions across the city and in various genres, including interior design, art, fashion, technology, and food.
One of the major features of the event is one’s ability to enjoy numerous exhibitions while moving through the city and, should sparks fly, even buy pieces on the spot. The event has been known to be the catalyst of unforeseen chemical reactions between creative professionals in Japan and those hailing from abroad, who join up for new projects or otherwise launch their ambitions into the wider world.
With sustainability being the norm and questions arising about the responsibilities of the creator and those of the user, creative crafts and manufacturing will be a driving force that supports society into the future. To experience daily life enriched with long-lived designs and art—connections for such irreplaceable encounters and wonderment abound without borders when DESIGNART TOKYO turns the city into a veritable museum.
Look up your favorite works and locations
Search the route to visit the works on a guide map.
Compare the work and the creator, have a chat with them
Astound yourself thinking,“art is just for viewing.”
Opening Hours: 10:00-18:00, 22-31 Oct, 2021
Location: World Kita Aoyama Bldg. (3-5-10 Kita Aoyama, Minato-ku, Tokyo)