Formex’s Japanese exhibition moves to Tokyo

Just over a year ago, Formex celebrated 150 years of diplomatic relations between Sweden and Japan with an exhibition on Japanese design and craftsmanship. Now, part of the exhibition is available at Hotel Claska in western Tokyo.

In the lifestyle shop Claska Shop Do, located inside Hotel Claska, director Mr. Okuma handpicks the store's selection of Japanese traditional crafts and design products. Right next door is the gallery that currently houses the exhibition KIN - everyday fine objects, curated by designer and handweaver Åsa Pärson and textile designer Keiji Otani.

KIN, which means family and relatives, was part of Formex’s exhibition, and gathered a group of artists from Japan who have established themselves in Sweden. Their links between Japan and Sweden were expressed in objects, production techniques and thoughts surrounding, form, design and crafts.

"When Formex’s exhibition was moved to Tokyo with Claska Shop Do, we decided to extend the concept of KIN and gave every Japanese artist the opportunity to invite a colleague from Sweden, as well as presenting and motivating their choice" says designer and handweaver Åsa Pärson.

Until the fourth of November, the exhibition KIN is available at the hotel's shop. It consists of ten artists and their products with origins from Japan and Sweden that reflect the similarities and differences of both countries.

"The biggest difference in the exhibition now, versus when I curated it a year ago is the emphasis on utensils, it has "More beautiful everyday goods" as a starting point and that all products can be purchased. For example, Li Edelkoort was visiting the exhibition the other day and took the opportunity to purchase some of the items to bring home," Åsa concludes.


The artists - KIN

Keiji Otani (textile) - Åsa Pärson (textile)
Takao Momiyama (textile) - Margareta Heijkensköld Holmgren (textile)
Yoko Yamano Andersson (glass) - Stefan Andersson (ceramic)
Mihiro Burman (paperwork) - Mikael Löfström (wood)
Masayoshi (ceramic) - Karin Mååg (ceramic)