The theme of MONO JAPAN 2018 is COLLABORATION.
The creative connections between people from opposite corners of the world that result in new ideas, new skills, new products and new values. This year’s highlights include a photo exposition and two collaborative special edition products and an art installation. MONO JAPAN 2018 proudly introduces you to the following projects.
MONO JAPAN SPECIAL EDITION DESIGN
Our vision is one of cultural and creative exchange. We have built a platform over the years where people can meet each other, exchange thoughts and start to create. The result of a number of these encounters will be exhibited.
The Dutch design magazine WOTH Wonderful Things Magazine features Japan in its 8th issue published in January 2018. This issue reveals the Japanese charms that never seem to stop inspiring the Dutch and European creators. MONO JAPAN hosts a photography exhibition of Iwan Baan organized by WOTH x The Gallery Club to celebrate the release of this special issue.
After the 1st edition of MONO JAPAN, various collaborations between Dutch and Japanese creators such as the Holland-Kyushu Program was born. Amongst other projects is the creation of a contemporary textile using the ancient craft of Ikat weaving: Kurume Kasuri. Previously exhibited during the Dutch Design Week, this textile artwork is specially presented again as an installation this time.
THE POOR MANS SUIT
MONO JAPAN collaborates with Amsterdam’s popular fashion label Bonne Suits who turned four different types of Japanese fabrics into eye-catching couture suits.
The collaboration suits are made with the fabrics from four different Japanese makers:
- Indigo dyed fabrics by TAKARAJIMA SENKOU (Exhibitor in 2016, 2017)
- “Aizu Momen” cotton fabrics by Yamma Sangyo & HARAPPA (Exhibitor of 2018)
- Kimono fabrics “Hakata ori” by Takumi Kogei (Mono Japan sponser)
- Fabrics with 6% DOKIDOKI patterns from Sebastian Masuda
The suits with 4 Japanese fabrics will be shown during a fashion show at the opening of MONO JAPAN 2018, and will remain exhibited throughout the exhibition.
Designer / Artist
Location: Salon & Room 211 (Exhibition room of orit.)
We invited the renowned Dutch designer Christien Meindertsma, who designed one of the 2016/ Arita ware for a collaborative project with AE HANDKERCHIEF. As their name shows, their core business is the handkerchief, and are producing a stunning 60% of the handkerchiefs in Japan. Together with MONO JAPAN, they have taken the challenge to weave tea towels with the finest materials and sophisticated craftsmanship.
Christien Meindertsma created a fun and charming design for the tea towels, guiding AE HANDKERCHIEF with the use of organic materials as much as possible. You will see the result at MONO JAPAN 2018, and of course, you can buy this special edition tea towel as well!
Christien Meindertsma will give a lecture “The ceramic link: connections through porcelain in past and present” together with the curator of East Asian Art, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam Menno Fitski.
WOTH Wonderful Things Magazine is an independent magazine on design founded by Mary Hessing and Toon Lauwen
Platform for photography based in Amsterdam
Location: Platform 4
World-renowned photographer Iwan Baan makes numerous images of Japanese architecture and scenery. Framing the moments which show Baan’s sense of design with the beautifully captured images of Japan at the Amsterdam’s Lloyd Hotel, the interaction of places, products and people in Japan and the Netherlands is shown.
This exhibition is presented by WOTH Wonderful Things Magazine and The Gallery Club.
Insular Insights by Iwan Baan
The photos in this exhibition were published in the book Insular Insight. They depict the islands of Naoshima, Teshima and Inujima in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea, all places of pilgrimage for enthusiasts of contemporary art and architecture. Alongside work in public spaces and site-specific installations, the islands feature numerous museums and collections of contemporary art. They are home to buildings by architects such as Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa (SANAA), Tadao Ando and Hiroshi Sambuichi, as well as works of art by Richard Long, Christian Boltanski, Walter de Maria, Claude Monet, Hiroshi Sugimoto and many other artists.
The photographs of Iwan Baan, who visited the islands many times over the last decade, move between tiny details and grand panoramas, create a comprehensive portrait of the islands in Japan’s Seto Inland Sea and their fluid transitions between nature, art and architecture.
Opening Traditions is a collaborative project between designers Makiko Shinoda (JP), Emilie Pallard (FR) and Niels Heymans (NL). For a period of two years the three investigated the craft of Kurume Kasuri: an Ikat weaving technique typical to the Kurume region, in the Fukuoka prefecture of Japan. The technique requires yarn to be tied and dyed before weaving, resulting in lush patterns with a subtle, hazy appearance. The designers worked closely together with the Shimogawa Orimono mill, where the Kasuri technique has been used for three generations to weave the long strips of cotton used in the production of classical kimonos.
With Opening Traditions, the designers shed a new light on this traditional technique. They created a distinctive colour scheme of twelve hues which generate a wide range of tones when woven. This broad palette, inspired by the Japanese landscape, is a significant departure from the usual indigo and white that is used for the traditional fabrics. The design is built up from a smart, shifting pattern that enables a longer repeat, cleverly working with the 24cm limitation of the warp repeat. The designers intend to use the fabric in the design of their own garments, opening up the Kurume Kasuri technique to a new audience.
Opening Traditions represents a renewed connection between two long intertwined cultures, an encounter with ancient craft and contemporary design and a cross-pollination between centuries of experience and fresh talent.