HaaT: Winner of the METROPOLIS “Game Changers 2015” Award

HaaT's Total Director Makiko Minagawa was awarded the “Game Changers 2015” Award sponsored by design magazine METROPOLIS at an award ceremony in New York.


The annual Game Changers issue and award began in January 2011 (Metropolis's 30th anniversary year), dedicated to showcasing transformational change through the lens of design at all scales. The game changers featured are clear evidence of this change that is local in scope but global in impact, with previous winners such as Mass Design Group, Vishaan Chakrabarti of SHoP Architects, Ruth Finklestein of Columbia Center for Aging to name a few.

Metropolis celebrated the fifth annual class of Game Changers in an award ceremony held at the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, celebrating the 2015 Game Changer award winners Aggregate, Ila Bêka & Louise Lemoine, Liam Casey, Makiko Minagawa, Nasir & Nargis Kassamali, and Water Pore Partnership, with custom award designs by Neal Feay. Makiko Minagawa is the first textile designer to be awarded as a Metropolis Game Changer.

Click the link below to go to the article published in the January number of METROPOLIS.

special prize of the 2014 Mainichi Design Award

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT was awarded a special prize of the 2014 Mainichi Design Award.

The award is sponsored by Japanese newspaper Mainichi Shimbun. It is an annual award given to outstanding achievements during the year in all the fields of design.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT was awarded a special prize for "Presenting Design's Multiple Perspectives".


Photo: Naoki Honjo

Mainichi Design Award Website

Kodomo International Film Festival in Okinawa
Grand Prix Award at official screening

The non-fiction film "FLYING BODIES" (by Director Hiroyuki Nakano), which follows the Men's Rhythmic Gymnastics Team of Aomori University in a performance planned by Issey Miyake was officially screened at the Kodomo International Film Festival in Okinawa , whose grand prix is determined by children who review movies from the entire world.


This festival, which was held in the auditorium on the second floor of the Okinawa Prefectural Museum & Art Museum and was entirely run by children who decided the best picture award, was a landmark event. This was the first time that the memorable event was held, in response to a call by Director Takako Miyahara (Kukuru Vision representative). This festival, which has much in common with the Generation category of the Berlin Film Festival and the Kinder Film Fest Kyoto, centered around the theme of "Trusting Children, making them think, and leaving it up to them." Three works of a nature to inspire children were screened, and "FLYING BODIES," the work that most captured the children's minds, was awarded the Grand Prix.

Kodomo International Film Festival in Okinawa "KIFFO"
November 23 (Sun) & November 24 (Mon/public holiday), 2014.
For details, click here.

ISSEY MIYAKE: Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix Award

The 32nd Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix award ceremony was held on November 4 (Tue). Designer Yoshiyuki Miyamae was awarded the Grand Prix in recognition for the contribution to fashion culture of ISSEY MIYAKE's creative activities, which include the creation of innovative materials and the creation of a collection unveiled in Paris that was highly acclaimed both in Japan and abroad.




© 2014 32nd Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix award ceremony
Source: Mainichi Newspaper

Mainichi Fashion Grand Prix HP

Long Life Design Exhibition 2014 (G Exhibition)

From October 31 (Fri) to November 3 (Mon/public holiday), PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE will be exhibited and sold at the Long Life Design Exhibition 2014 (G Exhibition) held at 8/ at Shibuya Hikarie 8F.

This exhibition shows and sells products that have won the Good Design Long Life Design Award since 2010, and PLEATS PLEASE ISSEY MIYAKE won the Special Award in 2013. The Good Design Long Life Design Award honors "designs that build our lives and want to continue to play that role in the future" by rediscovering designs that have been refined by consumers and reassessing them from today's viewpoint. Winners are selected from designs of products, etc., that have been offered continuously for a period of 10 years or more and are considered to enjoy the support of users and consumers.


【Event Outline】
Long Life Design Exhibition 2014 (G Exhibition)
Dates: October 31 (Fri) - November 3 (Mon/public holiday)
Location: Shibuya Hikarie 8/Court, etc.

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