Issye Miyake

Some of Issye Miyake’s obituaries, but by no mean all, mention 21_21 Design Sight, the experimental gallery which he established in a small lightweight building designed by Tadao Ando in the heart of Roppongi, the most fashionable part of Tokyo. I remember being incredibly impressed by the adventurousness of its programme, the fluidity of its boundaries between art, craft and fashion – what it classifies as ‘everyday life – at a time when experiential exhibitions were much less common than they have since become. If I had had more space in my The Art Museum in Modern Times, I maybe should have included it for pioneering the cross-fertilisation of design ideas, of which Miyake was a, now much lamented, master.


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