Exhibition "Future Elements: Experimental Laboratory for Prototyping in Science and Design"



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21_21 DESIGN SIGHT holds the exhibition "Future Elements: Experimental Laboratory for Prototyping in Science and Design" from March 29, 2024. The exhibition director, Shunji Yamanaka, is a design engineer working in a wide range of industrial products, and studying prototypes crystallized from cutting-edge technologies.

What kind of future do we see? This question might sound too vast and vague. Perhaps its contours cannot even be imagined. Yet that is exactly why creators dream such numerous possibilities. Envisaging a world more beautiful, more surprising and more attractive than what we have now, they test this future through prototyping. We may not have a clear image of what is in store, but we can delineate parts, on the basis of what has already been invented. These objects we call "Future Elements."

The exhibition centers on Yamanaka's prototypes and robots, from initial sketches made in collaboration with fellow researchers at his university lab, through to completion. Also included are collaborative works by seven teams of designer-creators and scientist-engineers from different fields. Exhibits come from encounters of pioneering gaze in cutting-edge technological research and design. This is what we mean by "Future Elements."

The exhibition will be a place where divergent viewpoints interact, and where the imagination runs freely. We hope visitors will enjoy engaging with all these possibilities, woven through a combination of science and design. Those coming to the exhibition will be exposed to visions of designs that advance towards a future which we cannot yet see.

Exhibition "Future Elements: Experimental Laboratory for Prototyping in Science and Design"
March 29 (Fri) - September 8 (Sun), 2024
* Exhibition period has been extended.
* Original Period: March 29 (Fri) - August 12 (Mon), 2024
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Gallery 1 & 2
Opening Hours
10:00 - 19:00(Entrance until 18:30)
General ¥1,400 / University Students ¥800 / High School Students ¥500 / Junior High School Students and under may enter for free
* Click here for discount information.
* Online Tickets are available via Art Sticker (external website).
Organized by
Special Sponsor
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
Exhibition Director
Shunji Yamanaka
Midori Nomura (fuRo), Mitsuru Muramatsu, Shin Sakamoto
Graphic Design
Ken Okamoto (Ken Okamoto Design Office)
Space Design
Motosuke Mandai (Mandai Architects)
Text / Planning Associate
Mai Tsunoo
Technical Direction
Takayuki Furuta (fuRo), Hiroshi Sugihara, Yutaka Endo (LUFTZUG)
Participating Creators
Haruka Aramaki + Tomohiro Tachi
Inami JIZAI Body Project + Maiko Endo
A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE + Nature Architects
Future Robotics Technology Center (fuRo), Chiba Institute of Technology + Shunji Yamanaka
The University of Tokyo: DLX Design Lab + Yoshiho Ikeuchi Lab
nomena + Megu Gunji
Mitsuru Muramatsu (Takram) + Dr. Muramatsu
Yamanaka Laboratory + Imasen Engineering Corporation / Inami JIZAI Body Project / Fumio Usui / Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) / Toru Okabe / Noritaka Kawashima / Kazuya Saito / SPLINE DESIGN HUB / Tetsudo Kousaikai Foundation Prosthetic and Orthotic Care Center / Toshiki Niino / Manfred Hild / Masahiro Yoshikawa
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Directors
Taku Satoh, Naoto Fukasawa
Associate Director
Noriko Kawakami
Program Manager
Takako Nakahora
Program Officers
Maya Suzuki, Moeto Yasuda