KYO Project

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The KYO Project was created to introduce Japanese makers to opportunities outside of their local audience, reinterpret traditional Japanese crafts and extend their reach to a larger international audience.

As a result of developing technologies and changing lifestyle needs, many Japanese crafts that have been passed on for generations no longer serve their original purposes. Yet, the mass production of most modern-day commodities has also brought about renewed interest in Japanese furniture and lifestyle products for their quality and the technical skills required of the craftsmen who make those products.
 
12 craft makers from the Kanto region in Tokyo and four award-winning Singapore designers – Chris Lee (Asylum), Ministry of Design, Takenouchi Webb and WOHA – were invited to the KYO (共,which means ‘today’ and ‘co-‘ in Kanji) Project to collaborate in conceptualising and co-creating a series of furniture and lifestyle products that expand on the possibilities and applications of traditional Japanese crafts.

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The KYO Project was officially launched on 13th June 2016, with the designers visiting the makers’ studios across Kanto:

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12 unique products were co-created over a 2-year period, with Takenouchi Webb joining the team as the 4th designer in 2017:

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Between 2016 to 2018, KYO Project has showcased and shared our story and collaborations in SingaPlural 2017 (Singapore), Hong Kong and at the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences, Sydney:

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The KYO Project was organised by the Kanto Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (Kanto METI) in 2016, in conjunction with SJ50 – the 50th anniversary of Singapore-Japan diplomatic relations. It is supported by DesignSingapore Council.

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