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

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

15 APRIL, 2024

Sosuke Nakabo designed 'MOON' in 2015,
His exhibition will be held at Design Gallery 1953 on the 7th floor of Matsuya Ginza from 17 April.

He has designed various products such as household appliances and furniture.
The exhibition will feature his unpublished self-produced products as well as works created in recent years.

The following is a quote from the Nippon Design Committee website.


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 In this exhibition, we will display about 15 of his recent products, mainly unpublished self-produced products that reflect this purpose, as well as his own designs, with diagrammatic explanations on the walls.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.

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


Born in Kyoto in 1972, Sosuke Nakabo graduated in Product Design at Kyoto City University of Arts in 1998 and in Design Products at The Royal College of Art for postgraduate studies in 2002. He worked at Panasonic (Osaka), Muji (Tokyo) and Jasper Morrison's office (London) and he opened an office in Kyoto in 2010.He also served as an associate professor at Kyoto Institute of Technology, and as the Head of Design at MUJI, and now Visiting Professor at Kyoto City University of Arts.


An interview with Nakabo is also available on our online shop.
We had an interview to him, who has experienced a variety of positions as a designer, including working in-house, in an overseas office, in his own studio and as an associate professor at a university, about design from a variety of perspectives.
Please take a look.

Interview page

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