Design Competitions in Japan might not be very well-known internatinally (except “MUJI” competition), but there are couple of them that are getting some attention such as Asahikawa’s international furniture competition, and Toyama’s craft competition.
Tendo-mokko, which is located in Yamagata, north of Japan, decided to have a design competition first time in 40 years! Tendo is well-know for the furniture designed by Sori Yanagi.
The pictures here are called “Murai Stool”, and “Mashroom Stool”. They are considered classc Japanese design. By the way, 40 years ago, the juries of the competition included ones of the most respected desingers in Japan such as Kenzo Tange, Daisaku Choh, Riki Watanabe, and Isamu Kenmochi.