Japan House

Architecture for Dogs; Japan House, Japan House, 110-111 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA; 19 September 2020 - Jan 2021; Free

Featuring a collection of architectural designs for dogs by world-class architects and designers, the internationally acclaimed ‘Architecture for Dogs’ makes its European debut at Japan House London from 19 September with the addition of a brand new piece by an eminent UK architect (to be announced soon).

Far from being just an exhibition, this open-source network allows guests to become designers and makers themselves, with blueprints available for download and opportunities to design one’s own architecture for dogs. A series of virtual experiences are also on offer, including a 3D Tour, online talks and ‘live’ guided tours. ‘Architecture for Dogs’, was devised by Hara Kenya, President of the Nippon Design Center and Japan House Chief Creative Advisor. It features the works of celebrated architects and designers including Ban Shigeru, Kuma Kengo, Itō Toyō, Sou Fujimoto, Atelier Bow-Wow and Ma Yang Song amongst others.

Each of the works offers guests a light-hearted and insightful exploration into architecture and design that can be joyful for both dogs and their human companions. The specially made architectural pieces are all designed with a different dog breed in mind, including the Beagle, Bichon Frise, Shiba Inu, Boston Terrier and Poodle. Look out for further news of exciting opportunities for smaller dogs to interact with some of the pieces.

‘Architecture for Dogs’ was first launched at Design Miami in 2012 and has since received global recognition, touring in Japan, China and Brazil.

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RENOVATION: Kimono & Sustainability Exhibition; Japan House, Japan House, 110-111 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 5SA; From Weds 5 August; Free

A stunning display of kimono by contemporary textile artist, and founder of the HIROCOLEDGE brand, Takahashi Hiroko can be seen in the windows and on the Ground Floor at Japan House London throughout August.

Fusing fashion and art, Takahashi Hiroko innovates the kimono tradition with her signature geometric patterns made up of circles and straight lines.

The artist’s project ‘RENOVATION’ is inspired by the sustainable aspects of kimono – tailored from straight lines, the same kimono can be adapted to any body type, male or female, without having to cut the fabric. This adaptable nature of the garment meant that in the past when kimono was everyday wear in Japan, old silk kimono could be re-dyed and re-tailored by families to pass on to future generations.

Project ‘RENOVATION’ was born out of this tradition. Old kimono is unstitched, de-colourised, re-dyed in Takahashi’s signature patterns, and re-tailored. By renovating kimono, Takahashi prompts us to see that there can be joy, novelty and stimulation in continuing to re-use and treasure the same old objects and materials, even when new things are constantly being created around us. To renovate a kimono is to innovate the way we approach and think about the present.

The display coincides with Europe’s first major exhibition dedicated to kimono ‘Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk’ opening on 27 August 2020 at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and which features a kimono by Takahashi Hiroko.

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