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Pleasant, somehow

HARA Kenya / FUKAO Taiki / SAKAMOTO Ryuichi / SEKI Takuya / MURAKI Satoshi

Video work [Japan]

MUJI’s corporate advertisement consisting of videos of “cleaning,” a common everyday practice, filmed in 103 cities in Germany, Turkey, Iran, China, and Japan. With quiet background piano music, it shows cleaning scenes of a train, ship, theater, building, musical instrument, etc. The corporate logo is the only message in this ad, which widely conveyed the value of this practice that has remained unchanged despite the COVID-19 pandemic.

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HARA Kenya

Japan

Born in Okayama Prefecture in 1958, HARA is a professor at Musashino Art University and representative of the Nippon Design Center. He is concerned with designing "circumstances" as much as "things." Since 2002 he has been a member of the Advisory Board of MUJI, where he is in charge of art direction. Through exhibitions and other projects designed from an original perspective, including RE-DESIGN and HAPTIC, he explores design possibilities latent in the everyday and in human sense perceptions. Recent works include commercial product designs for companies such as AGF, JT and KENZO, the Matsuya Ginza renewal project, Mori Building VI, and design direction for the Daikanyama Tsutaya Book Store. His books include Design no Design (Design of Design, Iwanami Shoten, 2003), and Nihon no Design (Design of Japan, Iwanami Shoten, 2011).

( 2013 )

FUKAO Taiki

Japan

( 2022 )

SAKAMOTO Ryuichi

Japan

Born in 1952 in Tokyo. He made his debut with Thousand Knives in 1978 and in the same year he formed YMO. Since the band's breakup he has been active in many other fields. He won an Academy Award for the soundtrack for Merry Christmas, Mr.Lawrence, and a Grammy Award for The Last Emperor. He often works with environmental and peace issues, establishing the forest conservation organization "more trees", among other activities. He was Artistic Director of the 10th Anniversary Program of Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media (YCAM) in 2013, while in 2014 he took on a more active role in the art world as guest director of Sapporo International Art Festival 2014.

( 2014 )

SEKI Takuya

Japan

( 2022 )

MURAKI Satoshi

Japan

( 2022 )

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