Celebrate the Art of Paper with Winter Workshops and Talks at Japan House London

15 Nov 2018 – 14 Dec 2018

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Japan House London

England, United Kingdom


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To coincide with the exhibition ‘SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal’, Japan House London are launching a series of workshops and talks led by Japanese designers to explore the limitless possibilities of paper this winter.


Highlights include workshops by Takeo, a specialist paper company based in Tokyo, to create your very own beautiful paper ‘Air Vase’; and an in-conversation with architect ISHIGAMI Junya, who won the prestigious Golden Lion at the Venice Architecture Biennale.

The winter events are programmed to compliment the latest exhibition – ‘SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal’ – a collection of extraordinary delicate and beautiful sculptures created entirely from paper. 

Admission free, but booking is essential. Please visit to register your place (please note that there are limited places so booking will be on a first-come first-served basis).

Events include:


The Hall, Japan House 

Saturday 17 November: 14:30-15:30, 16:30-17:30

Thursday 29 November: 15:30-16:30, 18:30-19:30

Saturday 8 December, 14:30-15:30, 16:30-17:30

In this workshop each participant will have the opportunity to create their very own paper ‘Air Vase’ (pictured above) – an elegant, easily malleable self-standing structure created entirely from a single sheet of paper by Japanese design firm Torafu Architects.

This workshop is presented in collaboration with Takeo Co., Ltd., a specialty paper company based in Tokyo and built on the foundation of paper, design and technology.

Please note that participants must be over 10 years old and children must be accompanied by an adult.


The Library, Japan House

Sunday 25 November: 14:30-17:30
Saturday 1 December: 14:30-17:30

In this hands-on workshop, designer Tomoko AZUMI and her team from TNA Design Studio show participants how to make and decorate complex geometrical structures called polyhedra from simple strips of paper and glue. The workshop uses ‘The Geometrist’ paper DIY kit designed by TNA Design Studio in London and produced by Tokyo-based specialist paper company Takeo. The kit provides templates for creating the five regular polyhedral shapes that have been known since ancient times, as well as introducing possibilities to extend these structures into even more complex shapes.

Please note that participants must purchase ‘The Geometrist’ kit in The Shop in order to take part in the workshop. The Geometrist kit can be purchased from The Shop at Japan House on the day; other decorative materials are provided. 


The Hall, Japan House 

Thursday 6 December: 18:30-19:30.

Join us for an in-conversation with multi-talented Japanese furniture, product and interior designer Tomoko AZUMI, founder of the East London based TNA Design Studio.The talk is followed by a sake reception supported by Sake Samurai, alongside an opportunity to participate in a special drop-in ‘The Geometrist’ workshop led by Tomoko Azumi and her team in the Japan House Library from 19:30-21:00.


The Hall, Japan House 

Tuesday 20 November: 18:30-20:00 

This talk offers a rare opportunity to gain insight into the creative mind of internationally acclaimed Japanese architect ISHIGAMI Junya. Known for his highly experimental works that, while firmly rooted in architectural research, draw directly on inspiration from the worlds of nature and fantasy. Ishigami, whose work features in the exhibition ‘SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal’, will discuss his creative process and vision for contemporary architecture via his studio’s architectural projects.


The Library, Japan House

Thursday 13 December 16:00-17:00, 18:30-19:30

Friday 14 December 16:00-17:00, 18:30-19:30

Join designer Misawa Haruka in this interactive workshop which takes inspiration from 'Paper Vehicles of Flight', a work displayed in the original SUBTLE exhibition when it first showed in Tokyo and Osaka. They are rooted in Misawa’s personal fascination with the movement of paper through air.

During the workshop participants make paper sange. Based on a Buddhist ceremony with roots in 8th century Japan, multi-coloured paper is folded into the shape of lotus flowers petals and scattered from high so they dance through the air like petals falling from a tree.

See ‘PAPER FLOWER’ by Misawa Haruka in the ‘SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal’ in the Gallery at Japan House London from 13 November – 24 December 2018. Join Misawa on Friday 14 December 12:30-13:00 for a Gallery Talk.


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