Akira Minagawa joined Artek project "FIN-JPN friendship collection" to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Finland and Japan's diplomatic establishment.
The book "Pieces of Aalto - A Visual Round Trip - Aalto no Kakera" released at the Salone del Mobile.Milano 2019. Minagawa drew illustrations with motifs of product designs created by Alvar Aalto and Aino Aalto.
He reinterpreted Aalto's design, and developing the story with drawings, poetry, and words seems to express each other's "thought to make things".
We hope that many people will see the collaboration that has been realized over time and space.
「Pieces of Aalto - A Visual Round Trip - Aalto no Kakera」
Art work：Akira Minagawa
Project & Editorial Direction：Hisashi Ikai
Design & Art Direction：Yuri Suyama
Distributed by Artek
Imaginative patterns of nature and creatures, plump embroidery laces,
delicate coloured prints...minä perhonen textiles are made with layers of craftsmanship.
Our latest cushions collection “Foresta di Gemma” shows the energy that lays beneath our creation.
Elegance and humor, profound but with playful mind, all those contraries are put together as in a forest of gems, and bring emotional uplift for everyone who sets foot in.
Explore the world of Foresta, full of gems' fruits.
Reception: Apr. 18th 18PM-22PM
everyone is welcome!
“Foresta di Gemma”
via Morigi 9, 20123 Milan, Italy
tel_+39 02 72010213
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2017 marked 150 years for diplomatic relations between Japan and Denmark. For this reason, Danish ceramicist Anne Black and the designer Akira Minagawa have worked together in two workshops under the title 'Forest in the ocean'.
The cooperation has evolved over the years. Initially, as a stockist of minä perhonen in the shop black, and then in a joint creative project that started in December 2016, where Akira Minagawa visited Copenhagen and then in November 2017, where Anne Black visited Tokyo. Here they completed 25 unique works. In different Danish and Japanese clay types, Anne Black designed the ceramic objects, after which Akira Minagawa decorated them.
The working title 'Forest in the ocean' arose in the conversation about what is common for Japan and Denmark, among other things, being a land with a lot of forest surrounded by sea.
Now 14 of the works is exhibited in Copenhagen.
Please stop by and see the forest made in serenity and warmth.
Forest in the ocean
Feb. 22nd- Mar. 6th
Closed on Sundays
gl. kongevej 105, dk-1850 frederiksberg, Copenhagen Denmark
minä perhonen new collection 2018-19 autumn/winter will be presented at the Swedish Institute in Paris from March 2nd to 5th, 2018.
Showroom *buyers/media only
March 2nd-5th, 2018
Swedish Institute / Institute Suedois
11 rue Payenne 75003 Paris France
By appointment only
Kvadrat released a new textile Melange Nap designed by Akira Minagawa, founder/chief designer of minä perhonen.
Forest, Sun, Ocean, Minerals, Earth and Dune are the 6 natural elements that inspired Akira to design the new textile.
All about exceptional depth of colour and surprising details, Melange Nap has a unique melange expression and transforms an interior into ‘scenery’ within its space. Coloured to reflect natural elements, it fills the air with the peaceful ambience associated with nature.
Debuted on 15th Jan. 2018 at imm cologne in Köln/Cologne, Germany, together with the designs by other featured artists: Louise Sigvardt, Paul Smith, Maharam and Hella Jongerius.
Design Post Cologne:
15-22 January 2018
Kvadrat was established in Denmark in 1968 and has deep roots in
Scandinavia’s world-famous design tradition. Kvadrat holds the leading
position in Europe’s high-quality contemporary textiles market.
They supply architects, designers and private consumers across the
world with textiles and textile-related products. Their products reflect
their commitment to colour, quality, simplicity and innovation.
They consistently push the aesthetic, technological and functional
properties of textiles. In doing so, they collaborate with leading
designers, architects and artists; among others Miriam Bäckström,
Raf Simons, Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Thomas Demand, Olafur
Eliasson, Alfredo Häberli, Akira Minagawa, Peter Saville, Roman Signer,
as well as Doshi Levien and Patricia Urquiola.