Special Exhibition II

Exhibition Highlights

1 Thirteen creative directors from various fields paired up with local craftspeople, artists, or producers to form project teams.

2 Each team created an everyday tool or item rooted in an authentic personal need or desire, rather than a marketing-based approach.

3 Exhibition visitors are invited to follow the creative process and interactions of the directors and creators behind each project. Discover what lies beyond the interaction of design thinking and craft materials, techniques, and aesthetics.

Crafts and Design: Kogei in Daily Life—Curations by 13 Creative Directors

Crafts and Design:
Kogei in Daily Life—Curations
by 13 Creative Directors


Sound as Connection

Inaba Toshiro

Shimatani Syouryu Kobo


Life of the Next

Shito Rei

Takahashi Yuma


Reconsidering Ceramic Transfers


Yamachika Screen


A Functional and Beautiful Sukiyaki Pot

Nakata Hidetoshi

Sakai Naoki


A Porcelain Classic: Giving the Shishi the Last Laugh

Nakamura Hiromine

Kida Ceramics Factory


White Hanasaka Bowl

Hara Kenya

Taniguchi Seidosho


Plates, Bowls, and a Cup: My European Tableware with Nakada Masaru’s Mark

Brian Kennedy

Nakada Masaru


Original Washi Wallpaper

Hosoo Masataka

Taki Washi Paper Inc.


A Boundary of Light Filtered by Fragments

Minagawa Akira

Peter Ivy


Atsumaru (“Gather”) Glass Drink Set

Mori Yoshitaka

Toyama Glass Studio


Rock ’n’ Roll Meets Kumihimo: A Love & Peace Kumihimo Guitar Strap

Yanai Michihiko

Higashi Setsuko

About Special Exhibition II

Special Exhibition II, Crafts and Design: Kogei in Daily Life—Curations by 13 Creative Directors, is a project-based exhibition that explores the creation of everyday housewares and utensils that both meet the demands of daily life and inspire an emotional connection. Thirteen directors paired up with 13 groups of artisans, craftspeople, and producers to create new products.
Looking back on the history of modern design and crafts, rapid population growth and increases in quality of life during the 1940s, ’50s, and ’60s fostered a culture of manufacturing that had to provide both volume and quality.
The craft and design industries commingled and interacted, exploring models of production that would meet the market’s needs. This relationship between crafts and design resulted in a large number of products of enduring value. Today, there is a greater tendency to think of crafts and design as mutually exclusive categories, but the fields are too rich to be so neatly packed away. The concept for this exhibition was inspired by the manufacturing attitude of the 1940s–1960s.
The project’s first concern was valuing the perspective of the end user. Not in the sense of marketing methodologies, but from a more concrete, individual perspective. Each of the projects departed from an authentic personal need or desire. The project’s 13 creative directors fulfilled this role, coming up with ideas for products that they wanted to try or that would fill a need. While this approach may ostensibly seem overly personal, given the sheer diversity of lifestyles in contemporary society, it is also the most honest basis for product ideation.
The project’s second concern was connecting the design and hand manufacturing process—bringing together diverse teams to acquire different points of view. By transcending a top-down order-based hierarchy, each party was able to determine their strengths, divide labor, and engage in creation. While this results in a certain level of opacity, the project embraced it as an opportunity to explore new creative processes. The question of price was also considered and factored. This exhibition features the products created through this process, along with the original concepts and design notes from the research and development stage. Visitors are invited to look behind the products and witness the creative processes of skilled designers, cultural leaders, artisans, and craftspeople.

Akimoto Yuji
Go for Kogei Special Exhibitions Curator



  • Curation

  • Akimoto Yuji

  • Site Design

  • Suo Takashi

  • Dates

  • September 10 (Friday)–October 24 (Sunday), 2021

  • Hours

  • 11:00–19:00

  • Holidays

  • Closed on Tuesdays.

  • Venues

  • SKLo (2-12-38 Korinbo, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture)
    Noetica (6-40-1-2F, Shimohondamachi, Kanazawa, Ishikawa Prefecture)

  • Admission

  • Event Passport (¥3,000) or SKLo & Noetica Admission Ticket (¥1,000).

    *Admission is free for visitors under 15 years old and visitors with a physical disability certificate (and up to one attendant).