MONO JAPAN is a celebration of contemporary Japanese craft and design. It is an event and a platform devoted to sophisticated beauty grounded in tradition, enriched with contemporary thinking, and refined to perfection with uncompromising skills. MONO JAPAN represents the design that defies the gravity of the mundane and brings joy to the simplest rituals of every day.
Once a year, MONO JAPAN presents a carefully curated selection of exceptional Japanese products and introduces its makers to the European audience. It initiates and facilitates collaboration between Japanese and European artists and designers. The yearly event created in collaboration with and staged at the Lloyd Hotel includes presentations, workshops, and exhibitions as well as a public and B2B product fair.
Theme of 2018 Collaboration
The highlights of MONO JAPAN 2018 included a collaboration between Amsterdam brand Bonne Suits and several Japanese textile makers. A new line of custom-made Bonne Suits crafted from traditional kimono fabric was launched during the MONO JAPAN opening night on February 15th, 2018. On the occasion of the 2018 edition, Japanese artist and director Sebastian Masuda, a pioneer in creating the colour palette which symbolize the Harajuku and kawaii culture, were involved in this project. Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma teamed up with a Japanese textile company to design and produce tea towels especially for MONO JAPAN.