Noriko Kawakami


川上典李子    japaNese 日本語ページ

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 serves on juries of art, design and crafts prizes, including The  Good Design Awards in Japan. Currently she teaches Design at Musashino Art University and other campuses.


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photo: Yasuhiro Suzuki

Curatorial Work


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.



photo: Masaya Yoshimura, photo courtesy of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
photo: Masaya Yoshimura, photo courtesy of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

The exhibitioin  Tadanori Yokoo: The Artists

at Gallery 3 of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT.

July 21 - October 17, 2021


The exhibition iis organized by the Foundation Cartier pour l'art contemporain and curated by Hervé Chandès and Béatrice Grenier.

21_21 is involved as special cooperator.

Noriko Kawakami participated  in the production of Noriaki Okamoto's  film where she interviewed Yokoo at his atelier.  

Film Link 

Exhibition information


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.



Tokyo Midtown SCENE, January Issue   




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".

Link to the article (HANATSUBAKI web magazine).


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


Festival de l'histoire de l'art 2021

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. 



Talk Event Report 


Issey, National Art Center Tokyo, 2016