We designed the kesho-mawashi uniforms of yokozuna (highest grade) sumo wrestlers.

May 16, 2018

We designed the kesho-mawashi uniforms of yokozuna (highest grade) sumo wrestlers.

Honoring the unryu form of dohyo-iri (entering the grounds),
The marks symbolize "bu" (warriorship) and "unryu" (dragon in the clouds).
The kesho-mawashi are woven brilliantly with silver stitching on a dark navy background.
They have already been presented to the public in the Sumiyoshi Shrine and Osaka,
but we are anxiously waiting to see them again when the yokozuna,
for whom this was made, makes a healthy comeback.

Apr 23, 2018

TAKEO PAPER SHOW "SUBTLE" now on show at Japan House Los Angeles

TAKEO PAPER SHOW "SUBTLE--Delicate or Infinitesimal" is now on show at Japan House Los Angeles,
whose gallery and shop has pre-opened in December 2017.
This is the second of three traveling exhibitions to each of the hosting cities of Japan House.
Kenya Hara also hosted a special lecture for students and alumna of UCLA,
as well as a talk event with the editor in chief of SURFACE MAGAZINE as a tie-up event with the magazine.
The exhibition is on show until Wednesday, May 23, 2018. Please stop by if you're around Los Angeles.
TAKEO PAPER SHOW "SUBTLE--Delicate or Infinitesimal" Exhibition
Period: Friday, April 13, 2018 - May 23 (Wed)
Monday - Saturday 10:00-20:00 / Sundays and Holidays 10:00-19:00
Venue: Japan House Los Angeles 2F Floor Gallery (JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles)
Hollywood & Highland Center 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, 2F
Los Angeles, CA 90028
tel: 1 (800) 516-0565
Admission: free
Ph: Ryan Miller © Japan House Los Angeles, Nippon Design Center, Inc.

Mar 16, 2018

"Brainstorm Design 2018" がシンガポールにて開催。 『TIME』『FORTUNE』や『Wallpaper*』を発刊する 米国Time社が選ぶ、企業のトップと世界のデザイナーが招かれ、 「Design Thinkingとは?」をテーマに、デザインがビジネスに 果たすべき役割について会議や講演を行いました。 原研哉は3月8日に「Ex-formation - Making things unknown-」を テーマに基調講演を行いました。...
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.

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...