2017 marks 150 years of diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark. To celebrate this anniversary, Danish architect and designer Lars Vejen has designed new series of products in collaboration with selected Danish and Japanese craftsmen.
Lars Vejen believes in the power of design to reunite talented people of different creative fields. Besides individual product planning and design, he undertakes diverse collaboration projects across various industries and countries. Japan is especially dear to his heart : he was offered an internship at a company in Kyoto in 1995, and has visited the country every year ever since. Japanese exquisite craftsmanship has inspired him to design new products, and his ideas took shape in skillful hands of Japanese and Danish artisans.
You are welcome to visit the exhibition Design Collaborations by Lars Vejen / Celebrating Japan – Denmark 150 years if you are in Kyoto until 3 Dec 2017 or Copenhagen from 7 December 2017 to 11 February 2018.
Let’s visit the gallery of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts FUREAIKAN where the exhibition is currently on display.
The STICK lantern manufactured by Kobishiya Chube is an example of fusion of traditional Japanese techniques and innovative design challenges. Made by a traditional paper lantern maker, it brings Kyoto handicraft heritage to the modern design scene.
The exposition DESIGN COLLABORATIONS / Japan – Denmark 150 years is open at the gallery of Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts FUREAIKAN until 3rd December 2017 (every day from 9:00 to 17:00, admission is free) and at Gallery A. Petersen Collection & Crafts in Copenhagen from 7 December 2017 to 11 February 2018.