7.30 PM - 9 PM Tuesday 10 April 2018
Hear eminent Japanese designer of fashion, textiles and objects Akira Minagawa give insight to his label Minä Perhonen, his life philosophy and inspirations in a special keynote co-presented by the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences.
Minagawa-san discusses his cross medium methodology which ranges from textile and industrial design to his celebrated interior designs evident in the sleek Minä Perhonen stores of Daikanyama. In this keynote, he explores the design-led ethos of these stores, for which he creates everything from tableware to the wooden dome that crowns his Tokyo flagship.
With a nod to his experience as collaborator of the world famous Alvar Aalto studio in Finland, Minagawa-san traces the inspiration and evolution of his own iconic design language through the close ties between Japanese and Scandinavian minimalism in contemporary design.
Paid event $40. This event is booked through MAAS.
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Born in 1967 in Tokyo, designer Akira Minagawa is founder of minä perhonen, a fashion and textile brand working to produce fashion that does not lose its allure through time. Minagawa-san has felt a sympathy with Scandinavian culture since he first visited Finland at 19: minä in Finnish means “I” and “perhonen” is “butterfly”, with a ‘wish to make many beautiful designs like those of butterfly wings’. His design work now expands to furniture, tableware, children’s toys, carpets, shoes, encompassing almost the full gamut of the quotidian. Minagawa also creates illustrations for magazines, newspapers and books. Minagawa appears in: