“Emptiness” – A Creative Receptacle by Kenya Hara

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Great news, Muji’s opening its first store in Australia, right here in my city of Melbourne (at Chadstone mall to be specific). On a similar note, Daiso just opened yesterday at Chaddy and Melbourne will open its first UNIQLO store on Lonsdale street sometime in 2014. Some exciting stuff to look forward to so good on ya Melb, it’s about time we get updated. Next up, bring H&M and Forever 21 pretty please? Moving along now, Kenya Hara is a Japanese communication designer, design philosopher, professor and is Muji’s art director. He’s produced a number of exhibitions in Paris, Milan, Tokyo and London and is an author of several books, his most popular one being ‘Designing Design’. Since Mr Hara’s currently visiting Melbourne for the first time, RMIT were lucky to have him for an hour or two to give us a public lecture about his approach to design thinking and brand identity of Muji.  If you didn’t know already Muji is a Japanese livingware brand that specializes in simplicity – simplicity achieved through a complexity of thought and design. Mr Hara talked about the concept of ’emptiness’ and how it ties in with traditional Japanese aesthetics to excel at turning simplicity into luxury. It is a means of communication, people invest their thoughts in “emptiness”.

MUJI opens on the 26th of November. You’ll receive a MUJI Original Cotton Shopping bag with every purchase on the day.

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Cute notepad and pen packed in a MUJI envelop at the lecture

Mid semester

Busy studios happening in the past six weeks has left me with no choice but to take a few snaps on my crappy phone. First off exhibition design is coming along very well as we’re beginning to go on about our weekly workshops with designer duo Ariel and Andrea from http://www.pandarosa.net/. It’s a huge privilege to have these guys mentor us along the way as they  know what it takes to build a successful exhibition no matter the size of space, the form, the location, the mediums. Our aim is to establish a theme with ideas that will work around a space and not let the space shape our idea. You might be confused as to what we’re trying to gain out of this event and that is to inform our audience (designers, dean, industries, alumni…) what exactly a communication designer is and I’ll tell you for sure that communication design and graphic design aren’t the same thing. This week saw our first workshop where we had to take photos of the exterior and interior of our campus and make dioramas out of all of our photographs to get a sense of space, shape and form.

Secondly our first semester 2 assignment was due this morning which was a paper project designed to promote BJ Ball’s YUPO paper range. Only one design will be selected and used as promotional material for the BJ Ball papers group. Everyone had great concepts that were executed perfectly, I wish i could’ve taken more photos, there were just too many of them and the lecturers rushed us out of the room!

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Dream the World Awake

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A short visit to the  Walter Van Beirendonck exhibition one afternoon was pretty exciting. It had this creepy/eerie/’what the hell’ atmosphere with mannequins positioned in varying heights, some were as high as 15ft above the ground, some slightly hidden behind others and staring straight at you.  I didn’t know who Walter was ’til I got to the RMIT design hub (we were encouraged to go see the space for this week’s exhibition design homework….and I didn’t even know we had our own design hub oh my goodness). Beirendonck is a Belgian fashion designer who uses graphics, unusual color combos and humor to describe his own sense of style. If you’re in the city near RMIT go visit building 100. You might be inspired.

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Look at these two lovely folks. Can it get any creepier?

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A right-brainer by day and occasional blogger by night, you've landed on a place where I live and breathe all things art, design, culture and fashion. You'll find me documenting my life in the creative field, endless travels with friends and family and a bit of food.

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