photo: Kenichi Yamaguchi
Noriko Kawakami Joined the editorial department of AXIS, Tokyo, working on AXIS magazine. In 1994, she became an independent journalist. Her writing covers a wide range of design-related issues.
Since 2007, Kawakami has been Associate Director of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, involved in co-planning of exhibition alongside the museum's three Directors, Issey Miyake, Taku Satoh and Naoto Fukasawa.
Other Curating work includes 《Japanese Design Today 100》(currently on world tour),
《Japon-Japonismes. Objets inspirés, 1867-2018》（Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, 2018-2019）and 《Yasuhiro Suzuki: A Journey Around the Neighbourhood Globe》(London Design Biennale, 2016).
She is Guest Professor in Department of Industrial, Interior and Craft Design,
and concurrently Lecturer in Department of Scenography, Display and Fashion Design, Musashino Art University. Also Lecturer at Nagaoka Institute of Design, and Kuwasawa Design School. Kawakami is a member of the Board Directors of Tama Art University.
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photo: Yasuhiro Suzuki
Kawakami is engaged in the planning of domestic and overseas design-related exhibition including all those held at 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT. She appeared in panels and discussion events related to these shows, and delivers lectures on them.
Visionaries: Making Another Perspective
Noriko Kawakami curated the exhibition
《Visionaries: Making Another Perspective 》at Kyoto City Kyocera Museum of Art, March 9 to June 4, 2023.
- Article of design boom about this exhibition (March, 2023)
- Article of Studio International (May, 2023)
- Article of Champ Magazine (June, 2023)
Related Talk Event was held at Hall of the Kyoto simbun (news paper) .
May 21, 2023, Speaker:
Takahiro Iwasaki (artist)
Nao Tamura (designer)
Yoshiyuki Miyamae / A-POC ABLE ISSEY MIYAKE
Satoshi Yoshiizumi / TAKT PROJECT
Genta Ishizuma (artist)
Kengo Takahashi (artist)
ASAHIKAWA DESIGN WEEK 2023
A related symposium was the main accompanying event, held in the Citizens' Hall in Asahikawa city, Hokkaido, one of the UNESCO Design cities .
Keynote speech: Paola Antonelli, MoMA
Panel discussion: Toshiko Mori, architect and professor at Harvard University, Shunsuke Managi, Professor at Kyusyu University and
Toru Iwasa, a creative director.
Noriko Kawakami served as moderator for the
June 21, 2023
Japanese Design Today 100
A related Talk Event was held at the International Liaison Center, Tokyo Midtown Design Hub, organized by The Japan Foundation.
Speaker: Masafumi Fukagawa,
May 24, 2023, 14:00 - 15:00
Tadanori Yokoo: The Artists
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT Galley 3
July 21 - October 17, 2021
The exhibition was organized by the Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain and curated by Hervé Chandès and Béatrice Grenier.
21_21 was involved as special cooperator.
Noriko Kawakami participated in the production of Noriaki Okamoto's film where she interviewed Yokoo at his atelier.
The Foundation Cartier commissioned a film as a part of public programme on the theme of the Japanese architect Junya Ishigami and Japanese photofrapher Rinko Kawauchi. Kawakami appears in the capacity of interviewer.
Kawakami's writing includes articles in design-related periodicals and general magazines, as well as contributions to monographs on artists and designers.
Shiseido's HANATSUBAKI magazine, vol.828, 2021. Kawakami interviewed the architect, Kazuyo Sejima, and wrote this up in the article for the series of "Essence of Elegance".
Ginza Six Editors, Ginza Six, Tokyo, photo: Sohei Oya, edit: Yuka Okada（81）
Kawakami participates in numerous round tables and talks for general audience.
ISSEY MIYAKE PARFUMS artists talk at Shiseido Word Hall, Tokyo, photo: Masaya Yoshimura
Kawakami participated in a round table titled
De l'artisanat traditonnel au design comtemporain,
at château de Fntainebleau and Villa Kujoyama, Kyoto. June 5, 2021.
MIYAKE ISSEY EXHIBITION: The Work of Miyake
Issey, National Art Center Tokyo, 2016