The theme of MONO JAPAN 2019 is GET INVOLVED!
MONO JAPAN is much more than just an exhibition where you’re merely viewing things from a distance. This year, we’ve developed a special programme to offer more opportunities to encounter, select, use and promote Japanese craftsmanship. We invite you to get involved and be involved!
Hair and make-up stylist
Location: Room 28
Get involved in the MONO JAPAN Style Room
There’s lots going on in the Style Room. For one, stand-out products will be taken from various rooms and tables, and re-styled in a completely new space, allowing us to see products from several participants at the same time. The goal is to let these products appear in a totally new light, transforming their appearance.
The Style Room is not just for admiring products, however. In keeping with our 2019 theme ‘Get Involved’, this is a place for participation. Read on to find out how you can get involved and become a piece of the MONO JAPAN world!
The design of the Style Room
BCXSY (Boaz Cohen & Sayaka Yamamoto), a designer couple based in the Netherlands, are in charge of the design of the style room.
As BCXSY are both deeply familiar with Japanese regional producing areas and craft and are also pioneers in the European design world, we’re excited to see what kind of world they will create at MONO JAPAN 2019.
Get your portrait taken in the MJ Style Room!
One way to get involved at MONO JAPAN is to get a makeover and your portrait taken! Hairdresser Yasu Shoji will style your hair and do your make-up, while renowned photographer Shinji Otani will take your portrait. The photograph will be your own ‘mono’ (object) to take home and cherish as a memoir of MONO JAPAN 2019.
MJ Award: the prize decided by visitors
Visitors can nominate their favourite products for the MJ Award. These votes will be tallied and used to decide the winner of this year’s award! By letting Japanese makers what visitors in the Netherlands like the most, we can give them inspiration for new products to make back in Japan.
BCXSY’s Sayaka Yamamoto, stylist Yasu Shoji and photographer Shinji Otani are three Japanese creatives based in the Netherlands. In this way, MONO JAPAN supports artistic talent from both countries, and brings them together!
The Japanese Washi papers used at the Style Room is supported by Sekishu Washi Kubota.
Website: Tropenmuseum’s exhibition Cool Japan
Location: Platform 4
Bas Kosters is setting sail to Japan where his inspiration for this project lies.
Under the theme "Get involved!", MONO JAPAN has invited him transform his love for Japan into a MONO (Japanese for 'object'). If you're sad or alone an object can give you hope and comfort.
For "Get involved!" Bas has designed a portable little heart to take with you everywhere you go. On a trip for example, or as a memory of somebody who departed on their last journey.
These handmade "Kokoro Tomodachi" hearts are made of old kimono fabrics and will be exhibited exclusively at MONO JAPAN! Bas wants to put these fabrics into a spotlight since the Japanese textiles keep disappearing into the background. By up-cycling these fabrics into valuable objects these old textiles get the attention and love they earn.
The proceeds will go to preventing loneliness amongst the elderly.
Location: Room 28
At the fourth MONO JAPAN, visitors can vote for their favourite product. The product with the most votes will be crowned the winner of the MJ Award. The winner will be announced on our homepage and social media including Facebook after the event.
MONO JAPAN 2019 main visual is also based around the theme of ‘Get involved!’
The photo was taken by Shinji Otani, who will also be taking portrait photos at the MJ STYLE ROOM in February.
Makers and Products
CERANIS : sake cups
i ro se : WIRE WORK TRAY, PAPER LEATHER TISSUE BOX, COFFEE CARAFE
Kodama Toki : Ceramicwares (MY DISH Oval Plate 28cm, LEVEL L75, LEVEL S95)
Nankei Pottery : Teapots
NISHIGUCHI KUTSUSHITA : WOOL JACQUARD SOCKS
MUJUN : Scissors, CHIKURIN
NStore：Shoes (Buddy GERMAN SHEPHERD SMOOTH)
Snow Peak : FIELD BARISTA COFFEE DRIP
TIME & STYLE : Chairs (a chair out of the cage, stoneware sculpture)