I was luckily accepted as one of the participants in the Tokyo Designboom Mart at Tokyo Designer’s Week 2011.
I showed some new small lamps as my contribution to this fabulous setup that Designboom makes happen at a number of major design fairs around the globe each year. I also contributed some very oversized shopping bags as a feature lighting element for above the stand. They were very cool.
It was such a great experience to meet and hang out with so many other designers and makers, and also to get a chance to see and begin to understand the strange wonderful surprising magical clever sophisticated world that is the Japanese market. I made friends and influenced people.
I stayed with a friend and coconspirator Liezel Strauss whilst in Tokyo. See her blog tokyolily…..etc etc to understand her position in Japan as an insider/outsider. Liezel helped me to arrange a small exhibition with assistance from the South African Chamber of Commerce in Japan. It was charming.
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