What it takes...
From a simple thought to a photo book
There are many reasons behind its cause.
--I truly want to be in a place, where things change day by day drastically.
--My colleagues were enthusiastically repeating "Shanghai is hot! Shanghai is great!" in Izakaya (Japanese Drinking Bar).
I was hooked up with a Chinese hot pot, which its history goes back 4,000 years.
To work in Shanghai, to initiate business in Shanghai, Such decision-making is something, which requires a huge amount of time in multi-national corporations.
But "they" have done it without spending a great amount of time and energy. Rather, it was more of a force of momentum, generated by Shanghai itself and enthusiastic peers -- as if they have spooled up with a vortex of the Shanghai excitement.
Nacasa and Partners had established its Shanghai Office in 2005. It has been functioning as a hub of photo shooting in Shanghai.
One day, when the managing director of the Shanghai Office, who has been accumulating the knowledge and connection on Shanghai, looked back the past 2 years of its operation, she realized one thing ? "Why there is not many Japanese designers? work in Shanghai, though the city is in the middle of construction rush?"
The reason was simple. The local developers and restaurant/shop owners did not have any connections to Japanese designers, and also, they have never seen the works of them.
As a photo agency specialized with the interior photo shooting, what can we do?
"Why don't we publish a photo book, which contains the works of Japanese designers?"
This is how "Interior Design // Japan" publication project initiated.
Works of Japanese designers are explained both in Chinese and English, and published in China. The photo book is to be distributed in a place, where Chinese developers and restaurant/shop owners gather.
......but... if there is such a place, why don't we invite Japanese designers to Shanghai, and create an opportunity for a physical contact?
The scheme of the project inflated day by day, and in the end, Nacasa and Partner decided to organize a publication party on November 10th. On November 11th, another party, designated for Japanese designers traveled to Shanghai, was also organized.
Just like having an interest and connection to Shanghai with a Chinese hot pot, this party could also be a starting point Shanghai connections.
With such hope on mind, the project had started.