Prototyping In Tokyo: Illustrating Design-led Innovation

16 Jan 2019 – 17 Mar 2019

Event times

Monday to Saturday 10:00–20:00

Cost of entry


Japan House London

England, United Kingdom


Travel Information

  • High Street Kensington

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Showcasing the innovative designs created by world-renowned design engineer and University of Tokyo professor YAMANAKA Shunji, the exhibition will explore the potential of prototypes to act as a link between cutting-edge technology and society, offering us a glimpse into the future.


Forget Alexa, Siri and driverless vacuum cleaners, ‘Prototyping in Tokyo: Illustrating Design-Led Innovation’ will bring to London prototypes such as ‘Ready to Crawl’, a series of robots which are 'born' fully formed just like a living thing, with all of their parts created at the same time, fully assembled, and with form and movement closely mirroring living things.

Visitors will learn the stories behind the prototypes. They will be able to touch and interact with select displays, offering a glimpse of the structures and textures of the future. The three core exhibit themes include:

  • Additive Manufacturing: Taking prototyping to the next level with 3D- printing which has allowed engineers and designers to create infinitely more complex prototypes with textures and the “feeling of the future.”

  • Bio-Likeness Robots: Beyond metal and motors, Japanese researchers explore adding life-like motion and behaviour to robots, giving the impression of intelligence; for example, the robot ‘Apostroph’ examines the mechanisms that allow living organisms to stand.

  • Prosthetics: Various interpretations of the “expanded human body.”

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