The energy of Tokyo is addictive, suddenly 3 hours sleep seems perfectly normal Neil Byrne
Highlights of the Festival include the container show at Tokyo design week. The theme this year was Love. There was a strong British contingent including containers by Designers Block and 5 containers sponsored by Icon magazine, including memorable installations by Hulger and Viable.
At Design Tide, the theme was Design and Peace and featured work by Max Lamb, Front, Piet Hein Eek, Hella Jongerius and George Baldele.
The highlight was undoubtedly an installation by Philip Worthington called Shadow Monsters; an interactive display where by the shadow you cast on a large white screen would become magically animated by strange and wonderful creatures.
Other things of note included the Casa Brutus Café which featured dishes created by Terrence Conran
DESIGNUK, a fantastic exhibition in the foyer of the Conran Shop celebrated the best of UK Design and featured work by Established and Sons, Jamie Hewlett, Heatherwick Studio, Zaha Hadid and Tom Dixon. While the Conran shop celebrated 50 years of design by Terrence Conran.
The controversial Omotesando Hills by Tado Ando had just opened before we arrived. It is built on the on the site of the former Dojunkai Aoyama buildings and is a mixture of commercial and residential spaces.
The buildings are built to a maximum height of only six stories to keep in line with the nearby zelkova trees which line Omotesando-dori. Amazingly, the center goes a further six stories underground.
Tokyo is as vibrant as ever and while the design festival is small when compared to Milan and London, it more than makes up for it in the energy of everything going on. As ever SuperDelux the bar come performance space created by Klein Dytham architecture was at the hub of evening entertainment.