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RL News: Japanese Design Today 100 Exhibit To Open at The MET

Get to see a hundred pieces of superb Japanese design!

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Can you imagine being able to immerse yourself in a hundred one-of-a-kind pieces made by renowned international artists? With Japanese Design Today 100, you can turn that dream into reality. 

From fashion designer Issey Miyake’s No. 1 Dress to the finely crafted children’s Bentwood Cycle made of local beech wood—you would be able to see these and more in the traveling product exhibition presented by the Japan Foundation, Manila (JFM), the Metropolitan Museum of Manila (MET) and the Embassy of Japan in the Philippines, with support from  JT International (Philippines) Inc.

It was first organized by the Japan Foundation in 2004 and has been touring the world for the past 12 years. Its updated version features 100 of the finest examples of Japanese design ranging from furniture, health care items, apparel, and even accessories to transportation. 

Aside form being able to see these acclaimed pieces, the exhibition’s chief curator Hiroshi Kashiwagi is scheduled to hold a design dialogue at the MET on July 2 to discuss the diverse facets of Japanese product design. Architect Keiji Ashizawa of Ishinomaki Lab, whose designs are included in the exhibition under the Disaster Relief category, will hold a one-day design workshop on July 29 and a design dialogue with Plus63 Design Co.’s co-founder Dan Matutina on July 30. 

Japanese Design Today 100  will be on view alongside the parallel exhibition Conversations on Philippine Design at the Galeriya Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP Gallery) featuring stunning furniture and crafts by esteemed Filipino designers .

The Japanese Design Today 100 exhibit will be at the Tall Galleries of MET from June 30 to August 19, 2016. The Metropolitan Museum of Manila is located at Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Complex, Roxas Boulevard, Manila. It is open Monday to Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. 

For inquiries, call the Japan Foundation, Manila at (02) 811-6156 to 58. For more information, visit www.jfmo.org.ph or their Facebook page.

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