Design Gallery 1953

The 788th Design Gallery 1953 Exhibition “Self-Build: Sosuke Nakabo”

April 17, 2024 (Wed) — June 10, 2024 (Mon)

Japan Design Committee is pleased to present “Self-Build: Sosuke Nakabo” as part of the 788th Design Gallery 1953 exhibition.
Sosuke Nakabo has designed various products such as home appliances, furniture, and household goods based on his own life experiences, taking into consideration the processes from design, manufacturing, and use to recycling. His products, which take into account the search for materials used and distribution costs, have been highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad.
The title “Self-Build” refers to making things around us with materials made from agricultural products and trees. Use them for a long time, recycle them if possible, and when things reach the end of their useful life, compost them. A small circulation within one’s reach. This term refers to the design of contemporary manufacturing and its cycle, using new materials and tools in addition to existing manufacturing, and to this purpose. In this exhibition, we will display about 15 of his recent products, mainly unpublished self-produced products that reflect this purpose, as well as his own designs, with diagrammatic explanations on the walls.
Please come and see his experimental product designs with an eye toward mass production.

Message from Gen Suzuki, Exhibition Director

We make tools necessary for daily life by ourselves using familiar materials. Such a commonplace activity has become something quite distant. Design is not about making something look special or surprising someone. What makes Sosuke Nakabo’s designs attractive is that there is always something natural in the center.

Exhibition Outline

  • Title: The 788th Design Gallery 1953 Exhibition “Self-Build: Sosuke Nakabo”
  • Dates: April 17 (Wed) — June 10 (Mon), 2024, 11:00 a.m. — 8:00 p.m.; closing at 5:00 p.m. on the last day; free admission
  • Venue: Matsuya Ginza 7th floor, Design Gallery 1953
  • Organizer: Japan Design Committee
  • Cooperation: E&Y CO.,LTD., Gion Naito, TOKOSHA CO.,LTD., PLUS MINUS ZERO CO.,LTD., Ryohin Keikaku Co., Ltd., Kai corporation
  • Exhibition Director: Gen Suzuki

• Please refer to the Matsuya Ginza website for the opening hours and other information.

Sosuke Nakabo Biography

Sosuke Nakabo graduated in Product Design at Kyoto City University of Arts and in Design Products at The Royal College of Art for postgraduate studies. After working at Panasonic, MUJI and Jasper Morrison’s London office, he established Sosuke Nakabo Design Office in Kyoto in 2010. He has also worked as an associate professor at the Kyoto Institute of Technology Graduate School and as the head of Design at MUJI. He is currently a visiting professor at Kyoto City University of Arts and a jury member of the Good Design Award, and has received numerous international design awards including the Good Design Award (Japan), iF Award (Germany), IDEA Award (USA), and Red Dot Award (Germany).

Photo: Nacása & Partners