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Clothing, food, living spaces. Born out of the day-to-day activities of human beings, outstanding design becomes part of our quotidian existence, and brings joy, entertainment and warmth into our lives.
The key to injecting new vitality into our society lies in creation, expression and collective sharing on an even wider scale.

Let's build a Design Museum for Japan that will serve as a creative hub; a place where we can take our dedication to craftsmanship and our enduring capability for research and development, and as a place open to men, women and children of any nationality, to new levels by sharing and exploring new ideas collectively. In addition, by creating and building a set of archives, we will be able to connect the past, present and future.
To create this new reality, each of us will need to work with a clear outlook on the future and a proactive, optimistic mindset.

It is our hope that, as a new type of museum takes shape, the power of design and culture will help create a better tomorrow for our society.

Issey Miyake

Issey Miyake

A designer, Issey Miyake founded the MIYAKE DESIGN STUDIO in 1970. His work is created from original materials and new technologies developed in cooperation with producing areas and companies. In 1993, he launched PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE, a clothing line as product, meant to suit the needs of contemporary living and combining functionality and versatility. This was followed by A-POC, a line of clothing created from a single piece of thread in a single process, in 1998. In 2004, Miyake founded The Miyake Issey Foundation. He was appointed as 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT's director in conjunction with its establishment in 2007. In the same year, he launched the Reality Lab. with the aim of tackling the 21st century's social and environmental issues. In 2010, he introduced 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE, a clothing line fusing recycled PET fabric, computer modeling and traditional handwork. It is followed by a version of the process by which lighting is created, and called IN-EI ISSEY MIYAKE in 2012.
In 2003, Miyake contributed an essay entitled
"Time to Create a Design Museum" to the Asahi Shimbun newspaper.
To design means to create something new upon asking ourselves what its value and contribution to society will be, in the hope that it will change society for the better - even if by just a little.

Each and every work of architectural, product, graphic and fashion design tells us something about its creator's ideal lifestyle and society, as well as about how he or she has stimulated our industry and economy and enriched our lives. The Design Museum Japan will offer a comprehensive overview of remarkable works of design, communicate their appeal and significance, secure future creativity, and serve as a springboard for a better society.

Masanori Aoyagi

Masanori Aoyagi

Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Independent Administrative Institution National Museum of Art, Director-general of The National Museum of Western Art, and Professor Emeritus at The University of Tokyo. Born in Dalian in 1944, Masanori Aoyagi is a scholar of Greek and Roman archeology, holds a PhD in literature and is a member of The Japan Academy. He graduated from the Department of Art History at The University of Tokyo's Faculty of Letters in 1967, and subsequently studied at the Classical Archeology Department of the University of Rome's Faculty of Letters from 1969 to 1972. He has written numerous books, including Kotei-tachi no Miyako Roma (Rome, City of Emperors), Torimarukio no Kyoen (The Banquet of Trimalchio) (both published by CHUOKORON-SHINSHA. INC.) and Ponpei no Isan (Pompei's Heritage) (published by Shogakukan Inc.).