Art / Design, England

共栄デザイン

共栄デザイン

共栄デザインの設立者、岡本光市さんにお会いしたのは、数年前に「東京ぺちゃくちゃないと」で紹介させて頂いた時。当時同イベントのオーガナイザーをしていた私は、岡本さんご本人に作品のお話をして頂ける機会に心底ワクワクしたのを覚えている。彼の作品は、ヴィジュアル的には勿論、機能性に加えてエッジの効いたひねりやユーモアがあり、何とも言えないバランスを持っている。そして何より、ご本人の素敵な人柄が作品にさらなる魅力を与えているのは疑いない。

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Art / Design, England

Form of the Function

We braved the rain today to go to see Okamoto Kouichi perform at the V&A Museum. We have known Okamoto-san and his design company, Kyouei Design for quite a long time; Atsuko has been friends with him since she introduced him at Pecha Kucha Tokyo while we were still at KDa. We’ve long admired his quirky product design; Okamoto-san is a gifted musician with a strong sense for design simplicity, and also a delightful wit and humour.

Although we saw his Musical Table in Tokyo, this was the first time we were able to see it properly in action. 504 volume switches control the same number of music-box-motors laid out in rows on the floor each playing sounds at random. In Tokyo, the layout allowed for interactive sensors to control the motors, but in this, slightly strange, position at the V&A the interactive aspect of the table was overwhelmed by the number of people. It was lovely to chat with him beforehand and to watch him create abstract, improvised sound from 2 ceramic plates and that dense mass of wires. We didn’t get to say goodbye but will be sure to get in touch soon…

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Japan, Travel

Matsue History Museum

The last couple of times that we were in Matsue, we had one eye on an interesting construction project very close to the amazing castle in the centre of town. This time around, the building was complete so we were able to visit and explore the Matsue History Museum and learn more about the origins of the town.

It was Golden Week in Japan while we were in Shimane and so most people were off work celebrating various holidays, one of which being Kodomo-no-hi on the 5th May. The tradition on Children’s Day is to fly fish kites above your house, each kite representing a member of the family. Not only did the history museum have these koinobori flying, but they had live music and green tea in the gardens, served by some very elegant ladies wearing kimono.

Inside a skilled sweet-maker was giving demonstrations of his intricate work and selling fish-shaped sweets among many other amazing creations. Wherever we are in Shimane, we come across fantastic crafts and skilled hands in abundance…

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England, Music

Invisible Riverside

It’s been quite a tough week really. On Thursday I was supposed to go to see Ryan Adams at the Union Chapel in Angel which would quite literally been my dream concert; sat right at the front of my favourite venue to see Ryan would have been wonderful. Unfortunately the website selling my ticket let me down and the ticket never came leaving me incredibly disappointed. On reflection though this was perhaps a blessing in disguise as it meant I could get a little more work done.

I have to spend all Sunday at work so we are taking it easy today. I picked up a parcel from the post office this morning which turned out to be my Ashes & Fire Limited Vinyl set. So although I didn’t get to see Ryan this week as planned, I have been lying on the floor listening to his latest album all afternoon. And yes, those ARE official Ryan Adams 3D glasses… : )

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England

Occupy London

On the way home from work I came face to face with the fast evolving Occupy London protest camp outside St Paul’s Cathedral. The groups of people I saw seemed intent on staying, there was a lot of activity around the Uni tent and even more around the media centre; this was a camp getting itself organised. I must admit to being rather confused by the intentions of the community but watching this short BBC video has helped me understand a little better.

People seemed to be working hard to develop good relationships with the church, the police and with commuters passing through. This is currently a peaceful, positive occupation and they have certainly picked the perfect spot to be noticed by the world…

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