Kenya Hara’s new book “100 Whites” has been published.

Jan 10, 2018

Kenya Hara’s new book “100 Whites” has been published.

It has been 10 years since the publication of the book "White".
Whiteness, a concept dear to Hara's designs,
is the theme of a serial essay he has been writing on yomiuri online
about a hundred white things.
Titled "100 Whites", it will now be published as one book.
 
While his previous book treated "white" as a concept,
in "100 Whites", he faces specific phenomena of whiteness
to compose the hundred pieces.
 
In addition to the regular edition, there is also a special edition set
with "White" and "100 Whites" encased in a single sleeve.
Please pick it up and take a close look.
 
From the forwards:
"I want to attempt, with words, to draw closer to the emotions and imagery evoked by whiteness.
Contained is neither history nor erudition.
I want to pull a hundred whites from my memory as I wish, and taste each whiteness,
to the extent where the expression "white" becomes evanescent...
 
I once wrote "There is no such thing as 'white.' Rather, 'white' exists solely in our sensory perception."
If white is not a color, but instead a sensibility or a state of mind,
it is natural that I try to come close to it by tracing the phenomena by which it takes shape.
As I write, I may be no longer able to see whiteness in "white," or perhaps be unable to describe it as being "white".
 

AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Tomoko Nishi

La Seine Musicale

Dec 04, 2017

La Seine Musicale

In April 2017, the music and performing arts center La Seine Musicale opened on Île Seguin,
an island on the Seine river in the western suburbs of Paris, France.
The architecture is by Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines, and
Hara Design Institute is in charge of the logo design and signage system.
It prides an unamplified classical music Auditorium with seating capacity of 1,150,
a modular concert hall able to accommodate audiences of up to 6,000,
and an attached music school amongst other facilities. Please visit if you are close by.

La Seine Musicale
Ile Seguin, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt

AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Kaoru Matsuno, Hiroaki Kawanami, Sebastian Fehr, Akane Sakai
Pr: Yoshifumi Nabeta

“Visualize the philosophy of MUJI” was on display at Urumqi

Nov 08, 2017

“Visualize the philosophy of MUJI” was on display at Urumqi

"Visualize the philosophy of MUJI" was on display at a shopping mall in Urumqi,
the capital of the Xinjiang-Uygur Autonomous Region.
The opening day was a great success, with Kenya Hara holding a lecture and an autograph session.

"Visualize the philosophy of MUJI"
2017.10.27 (Fri.) - 11.8 (Wed.)
Urumqi Maison Mode 1F atrium
No.689 North Youhao Rd Shayibake District Urumqi, Xinjiang Province
MUJI GALAPAGOS website has been released

Oct 11, 2017

MUJI GALAPAGOS website has been released

MUJI GALAPAGOS, a website archiving MUJI's journey
to the Galapagos Islands has been released.
Hara Design Institute is in charge of the
communication design of the entire project.
Please take a look from the link below.
 
https://www.muji.com/us/galapagos/

AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Yukie Inoue, Ryosuke Kato
Ph: Yoshihiko Ueda
I: Yoshitaka Mizutani
Movie Director: Taiki Fukao
C: Kenya Hara, Kyoko Nagase, Mariko Hara
Web: Daisuke Takahashi, Karin Osanai, Ryosuke Fukuda, Hiroyuki Saito

Sep 26, 2017

原研哉が教鞭をとる 武蔵野美術大学基礎デザイン学科での 原ゼミ10年間の研究成果『Ex-formation』の 日本語版が平凡社から刊行されます。   Ex-formation─未知化するというコミュニケーション Design thinkingの端緒がこの一冊に。     関連イベント『Ex-formation』(平凡社) 刊行記念 原 研哉トークイベント開催 ※お席に限りがございます。事前のお申し込みはwebサイトをご確認ください。   会場│青山ブックセンター 本店 日時│2017年10月6日(金)19:00-20:30(開場18:30-) 詳細│http://www.aoyamabc.jp/event/ex-formation/   会場│銀座 蔦屋書店 日時│2017年10月20日(金)19:30-21:00(開場19:15-) 詳細│https://store.tsite.jp/ginza/event/architectural-design/877-1050360920.html...
MUJI Diner Shanghai Huaihai 755 now open

Aug 30, 2017

MUJI Diner Shanghai Huaihai 755 now open

On June 3rd, 2017 (Sat.), MUJI Diner opened inside the MUJI Shanghai Huaihai 755 store. MUJI Diner is a restaurant that takes hint from home-cooked meals around the world. Hara Design Institute was in charge of the naming, visual identity, and the storefront graphics. The two main graphics showcase spice peppers and staple crops from around the world. Please come visit when you are close by.

https://www.muji.com/jp/mujidiner/
Everyday Life–Signs of Awareness on exhibit at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Aug 22, 2017

Everyday Life–Signs of Awareness on exhibit at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

The 150th Year Anniversary of Japan - Denmark Diplomatic Relations Exhibition, Everyday Life - Signs of Awareness is on exhibit at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa. Designers, architects, and artists from Japan and Denmark participate in this exhibition. Kenya Hara is responsible for the curation of the "HOME" and "MUJI" sections, and Hara Design Institute also designed the main visual and the captions. Please take a look if you visit Kanazawa.

150th Year Anniversary of Japan - Denmark Diplomatic Relations Exhibition
Everyday Life - Signs of Awareness


Period:
2017.8.5 (Sat.)- 2017.11.5 (Sun.)
10:00 - 18:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays and Saturdays)

Closed:
Mondays (Open on Aug 14, Sep 18, Oct 9 and Oct 30), and Sep 19 (Tue.), Oct 10 (Tue.)

Venue:
Galleries / 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa
Galleries 7-12, 14, Courtyard,Public Zone

Curated by:
Hiromi Kurosawa (chief curator, 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa)
Cecilie Manz (designer)

Organized by:
21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa (Kanazawa Art Promotion and Development Foundation)

Graphic
AD: Kenya Hara
D: Kenya Hara, Saiko Kanda, Sebastian Fehr
 
Gallery 7 [MUJI] curated by Kenya Hara
Gallery 11 [HOME] curated by Cecilie Manz + Kenya Hara
AD: Kenya Hara
D: Yukie Inoue, Hiroaki Kawanami, Saiko Kanda, Tomomi Kitamura, Komaki Seki
 
Pr: Makoto Shirato
 
Ph: Keizo Kioku
courtesy: 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa

Obusedo package renewal

Aug 14, 2017

Obusedo package renewal

Obusedo is a long-established chestnut confectionery in Nagano with over 100 years of history. Hara Design Institute renewed their package design. Sumi (black ink) color that evokes the traditional tiled roofs in the Obuse village, together with the Kuri-an (chestnut paste) color of their confections, are the two colors that adorn items such as boxes, labels, wrapping papers, shopping bags. Obusedo booths can be found in some department stores as well. Please come take a close look if you are near any of the stores.

AD: Kenya Hara
D: Yuka Okazaki, Natsumi Mano
C: Kyoko Nagase

Narita Rehabilitation Hospital now open

Aug 04, 2017

Narita Rehabilitation Hospital now open

The Narita Rehabilitation Hospital opened on August 1 in Narita, Chiba Prefecture. Hara Design Institute designed the visual identity and internal signage for the hospital. All lettering and logos have soft shapes and are light and airy. Architecture is the work of Kengo Kuma.

https://www.harmonichearts.or.jp/narita/

AD: Kenya Hara
D: Haruko Sasa, Ryosuke Kato
 
Ph: Nacása & Partners Inc.

TAKEO PAPER SHOW “SUBTLE” exhibition on tour at JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo

Aug 02, 2017

TAKEO PAPER SHOW “SUBTLE” exhibition on tour at JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo

The TAKEO PAPER SHOW "SUBTLE" exhibition is on show at JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo, which opened in May 2017. Over the first two days it attracted about 10,000 visitors in total, demonstrating the strength of interest in Japanese culture. This is the first stop on the exhibition's tour of the three JAPAN HOUSE cities. It will run until September 10 in São Paulo before touring to London and Los Angeles.

TAKEO PAPER SHOW "SUBTLE" exhibition
Dates: July 29, 2017 (Sat.) - September 10 (Sun.)
Opening hours: Tuesday-Saturday: 10:00-22:00, Sundays & Holidays: 10:00-18:00
Closed: Mondays
Venue: JAPAN HOUSE São Paulo (2F)
Av. Paulista 52 - Bela Vista CEP: 01310-900 São Paulo Brasil
tel: +55-11-3090-8900
Admission: free