Nacasa & Partners

November 7, 2007

"Core Talk in Sapporo" SEMINAR REPORT

Sapporo Design Week" is a event for announcing many design from Hokkaido widely. The memorial seminar of "The 11th Akari 100 people 100 lighting Exhibition" was held then by Daiko Electric, and Nakasa joined the seminar as a speaker. The participant were about 130 people, Mr. Makoto Oikawa / Chief editor of Shotenkenchiku, monthly magazine, also joined as a speaker. In the seminar, 80's, 90's, 2000's commercial spaces were represented with the slide show, and they were introduced the story of each age.

"The 11th Akari 100 people 100 lighting Exhibition"
Memorial Seminar
Talk Theme: Japanese commercial and living space Chronicle - Eye Vision of Photographer and Editor
Date: November 2, 2007, 18:30-20:00
Place: Lighting Core Sapporo, Show room of Daiko Electric Co.,Ltd.
8-2-2, Minami 2 Jo Nishi, Chuo, Sapporo, Hokkaido
Sponsor: Daiko Electric Co.,Ltd.
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October 13, 2007

"JCD design Symposium" Panel Discussion REPORT

photoJCD: Japanese Society of Commercial Space Designers is being composed by the creator in a wide space design area such as the interior designer, the architect, the space producer, the planner, the lighting designers, and graphic designers. On September 25, the Kanto branch of JCD had a design symposium at Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. in Shiodome, Tokyo. The participant were about 120 people including JCD members and non members. The first part was the lighting seminar by Matsushita Electric Works, Ltd. They had a presentation of index "Few" of new light to achieve a comfortable space.

The second part was the panel discussion that Nakasa worked as for the coodinator.

The theme of this discussion was "What do you think of the current commercial space design?" The participating designers are Mr. Kazuo Adachi /President of design Fresco inc., Mr. Ryu Kosaka / Creative Director of A.N.D, Mr. Tetsu Matsushita / Designer of Age Co., Ltd., Mr. Yusuke Seki / Designer of f.a.t, and Mr. Teruhiro Yanagihara / Designer of Isolation Unit. In this discussion, Nakasa expected a heated debate between veteran and young designers.

The young designers hesitated in front of veteran designers, and it was contrarily calm atmosphere. Each designer talked about their stance and the sense of values etc.

April 13, 2007

"WORLD Space Creators Awards 2007" Judgement REPORT

The WORLD Space Creators Awards, has been held every year since 2004, ask design professionals and students to envision a new concept in shop style, a venue conceived to promote "customer-to-shop interaction". In the competition, they recruite many ideas of retail space development with the originality and freshness regardless of the nationality, the age or the professional amateur by a wide aspect.

The final Judgement was held in the end of Februaly 2007 at a conference room in Tokyo. The jury president was Mr. Naoto Fukawasa / product desinger, and the other judge members were Visual Merchandising Division / WORLD Co., Ltd., Mr. Yoichi Nakamuta / design editor. And also, our photographers, Takeshi Nakasa & Atsushi Nakamichi, joined it as the judge member.

The theme for 2007 competition was 'What makes the heart pound?'. The total number of applications from Japan and foreign countries were over 400 projects. The final selection works squeezed by the pre-examination were expanded to a big conference room, and examined by each judge deliberately one by one. As a result of the examination and the discussion lasting for several hours, Mr. Tomasz Grzyb, Ms. Yuri Naruse/Mr. Jun Inokuma were won the Interior Design Award of professional section, and Mr. Martin G. Gavrilis was won the student section.

2007 Award Winners List

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March 31, 2007

FUJIFILM SQUARE's First Exhibition "200 Professional Photographers Exhibition"

FUJIFILM Corporation established their showroom, called "FUJIFILM SQUARE" in Tokyo Midtown that opened on March 30. As the opening ceremony project, their first exhibition "200 Professional Photographers Exhibition" has been held, and 200 photographers' works in various fields has been exhibited. In the exhibition, the photo of Atsushi Nakamichi, our photographer/COO, has been exhibited.

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Exhibition title: 200 Professional Photographers Exhibition
Opne hours
and dates:
11:00-20:00 (until 14:00 on the final day)

Part 1 : March 30 Fri. - April 26 Thu. 2007
Part 2 : April 27 Fri. - May 31 Thu. 2007

*The exhibition work is changed in part 1 and part 2. You can enjoy a work different as the same photographer.

Place: FUJIFILM SQUARE Tokyo Midtown
1F & 2F, Midtown West, 9-7-3 Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo 107-0052
tel +81-3-6271-3350
Fee: Free
More info:

January 16, 2007

Nacasa and Partners Year End Party in Roppongi Hills REPORT

photoWelcome back. Here comes again -- Nacasa and Partners Year End Party to wrap up the year 2006. On December 14th, many guests, including people from architectural and interior design industries, came over to Mado Lounge, located on the 52nd floor of the Tokyo's landmark, Roppongi Hills.

Many guests must have shocked with the news of "The Final Live Performance by Shibaura Romantica," which was written on the party's invitation card. Mr. Ryu Kosaka, one of the leading interior designers in Japan from Nomura Co., Ltd, has been a leading figure of this funk band, Shibaura Romantica, and its appearance has been indispensable to the party. They have been attracting many guests every year with their elaborate performances. But with the following reason -- "Considering my current workload, it's getting tougher and tougher to spare some time to practice for the stage. And therefore, I can no longer guarantee the perfect stage." -- he decided to conclude his act. To witness the final moment, people all got together at the party, and it attracted more than 900 guests, twice as many as the last year's attendance.

8 pm. The party began with the conferment ceremony of "Nacasa Award", the award given to young designers with future potentials. It is followed by a lottery, which is known to have a selection of posh products. Since 900 people were clammed in such a tiny space, proceeding of the lottery was nothing but rough. The staff shouts the winning number, but no one seems to declare it. Well, there is more to it. With such a tense and overwhelmingly exciting environment, one of the assistants fainted! Unexpected accidents followed one after another.

10 pm. Two hours into the party, and the guest are loaded with alcoholic beverages. Here comes Shibaura Romantica. Mr. Kosaka appears with a dreadlocked wig. The songs are mainly from the hit funk songs from the 70s/80s and the audiences seem to be responding with joy. In the 2006 Year End Party, people are going crazy with the 70s famous song, "Y.M.C.A."  The only way to express this environment is nothing but whimsical.

photo30 minutes into the live stage and here comes "them." Mr. Yasumichi Morita of Glamorous, Mr. Kenichi Inamoto of Zetton (a restaurant management company), and Mr. Yutaka Noda of Plan Do See (a restaurant, hotel, and wedding management company). Three 39 year-old-trio with a special guest, Mr. Yukio Hashimoto, got together for a crazy sexy time. First, Mr. Hashimoto, Mr. Morita, and Mr. Inamoto appeared on a stage with a sailor blouse, an uniform commonly worn by female high school students, and sang 80s Japanese pop, "Sailor Fuku Wo Nugasa Naide (Don't take off my sailor blouse)".
After that, Mr. Noda appears with a full samba team. A colorful samba crew and a male-version of sailor team got together on the same stage, and it's nothing but weirdly diverse and colorful.

A few days after the stage, Mr. Kosaka confessed, "One of the female chorus's microphone and my guitar were leaking electricity and we were all electrocuted." We must say big thank you to Shibaura Romantica for continuing the stage in this environment! …and most importantly, how is the next year going to be?

(Report collaborator: Hiroki Yanagisawa / Freelance editor)

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