The biannual Design Festa Event is the largest arts and design fair in Asia. Thousands of exhibitors from all over the world present their art, covering all kinds of genres, styles and techniques. Tens of thousand of visitors flock to Tokyo Big Sight for two days to look for new ideas, purchase beautiful stuff (everything from jewelery, dolls, clothing and accessories to illustrations, woodprints and postcards) and get inspired by all the creativity and excitement.
As I was a volunteer for the DF itself (doing artist interviews and visitor surveys), I had little time to enjoy the art expo myself. However, I did wander around a bit and shot whatever caught my eye. So here is a random collection of photos of amazing art I discovered at the Design Festa vol.31. Unfortunately, I did not take any notes so I cannot tell you who the respective artists were (way too little time for that). I hope you like the pictures nevertheless. My photos of the people I saw at this event can be seen here.
A huge painting of Tyrannosaurus rex skulls and skeletons.
Wood carving of the Seven Lucky Gods and their Takarabune treasure ship.
A stuffed albino bunny made of fine white wool.
"No Music No Life" painting with a cyberpunkish theme.
An alternative to the rubber chicken: A rubber cat figure.
Stuffed cats with huge eyes and one wearing a kimono.
Real fishes and other small critters processed and preserved so that their bones appear colorful and suspended in some kind of fluid.
Various small paintings by Natsumi Okuda, one with a teddy bear holding a "Free Hugs" sign.
A couple of small dolls artfully arranged in a loving position.
Scary zombie doll fetuses by Yūri Sakagami (坂上友理).⁽¹⁾
The alternative for the vegan household: A deer head hunting trophy made of wool.
A small hand-painted clay figure by Wakuseiya.⁽²⁾
One of the burning questions of the Design Festa 31: What is Oshism?⁽³⁾
Provocative T-shirts by Little Boy + PIT.
Amazingly life-like scultures of mushrooms that use LED lights to glow in the dark.
One artist created highly detailed miniature models of store fronts. Here is his take on a Fench café.
An artist of the Xion+百華 collaboration painting his dream women on the wall of their booth.
Surrealistic wide-angle illustrations of complex cityscapes and broom-riding people by "JohnHathway".⁽⁴⁾
Many exhibitors were selling beautiful postcards like these ones for around ¥100-150.
An illustration of girls and cherry blossoms by "cafe Orion" is sold as postcard.⁽⁵⁾
A somewhat gross figure displayed high above an artist's booth for attracting attention.
Extremely lifelike dolls by Jun of Endless Innocence.⁽⁶⁾
Even dog wear was presented at the Design Festa! Here are some unique leather outfits in Japanese samurai design.
Maybe the artist now wonders whether she should have used less liquid paint for her rainbow-colored wall picture...