Art Laboratory

Dec 1, 2010 was a lucky day or fateful day, not sure which….who am I kidding? It’s usually a little of both.  Visited my friend at her new digs in the best part of Tokyo…”Azabu”; more specifically Azabu-Juban.
Azabu Juban is exactly the neighborhood of one of my all-time favorite stores “Blue & White”, founded and run by Ms. Amy Katoh.  As we strolled over to the shop close to its closing, a spry, silver-haired woman passed us by…heading in the same direction.  Although it had been several years since going to the store and seeing Ms. Katoh- I just knew it had to be her.

Sure enough, there she was, when we entered the store.  I had a brief- but-inspiring discussion with Amy, who pointed that it was her store’s 35th anniversary.  Since we were so close to Tokyo Midtown, she recommended we see a show at 2121 Design Sight at Tokyo Midtown;  walking distance from Blue & White.

Amy thought I should see the exhibit mainly because of the paper lanterns. One mention of the mathematically-folded paper lanterns by Jun Mitani+WOW, “in the same vain as” Isamu Noguchi‘s lanterns, and I was ready to go.

On the way to 2121 Design Sight my friend and I enjoyed the outdoor illumination display in front of Tokyo Midtown.  Now, past sundown, luckily the gallery was still open.

To my pleasant surprise, the exhibit turned out to be so much more than paper lanterns! The exhibition was probably the most inspiring thing I’ve seen in years.  Coordinated by none other than the clothing designer, Issey Miyake, with a group of collaborators from many different fields: earth science, geometry, textile manufacturing, recycling plants, sculptors, etc. The name of this exhibit is Issey Miyake Reality Lab .   Mr. Miyake and associates have more than inspired me to breathe new life into the paper world.



  1. Sarah Hemm on January 16, 2011 at 1:30 am

    looks like a great show!

    • thepaperwoman on January 16, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      it was truly amazing…moreover, 3 of Miyake’s collaborators I knew by zero or one degree of separation! so glad I went.
      Your artwork looks very interesting too; I think I’ve seen it somewhere else….do you belong to Surface Design Assoc.?

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