Associate Director of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
Served on judging committee for design and art competition, including :
Good Design Award 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
The JAMES DYSON AWARD (Japan stage) 2018, 2019, 2020
Tokyo Midtown Award, Art competition 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020
Yamagata Excellent Design 2015, 2017, 2019
Toyama Design Competition 2016, 2017, 2018
Nominator for the Beazley Designs of theYear 2019 London Design Museum.
Delivered a lecture on notable projects on contemporary Japanese Design in Bangkok,
organized by the Japan Foundation, Bangkok and the Design Thailand Creative & Design Center. 23 of May.
Talk Session with Ronan & Erwan Boullourec on their design for JINS Design Project, Tokyo. 5 of December.
Speaker for the talk sessions with artists and designers on contemporary craft. For the exhibition of Loewe Foundation Craft Prize 2019 in Tokyo, June and July.
Delivered a lecture on notable projects on contemporary Japanese Design and craft at Le Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Nominator for the Beazley Designs of theYear 2018, London Design Museum
Speaker for the design seminar at SEOUL DESIGN FESTIVAL 2018.
Delivered a lecture on notable projects on contemporary Japanese Design, organized by the Japan Foundation, Beijing,
Delivered a lecture on notable projects on contemporary Japanese Design, organized by the Japan Foundation, March 2017, Beijing.
Committee members of INTERNATIONAL KOGEI (artisan crafts) SUMMIT in TOYAMA. / ⇨ movie: exhibition space
Served on judging committee for design and art competition, including Good Design Award, Tokyo Midtown Award 2017,
Toyama Design Competition 2017 and DSA Design Award 2017.
Participated in official talk event at the London Design Biennale, September 2016.
Delivered lectures on trends and background of Japanese Design, organized by the Japan Foundation, November: Beijing; December: Guangzhou.
Served on judging committee for design and art competition, including Tokyo Midtown Award 2016, Toyama Design Competition 2016 and DSA Design Award 2016.
Currently Noriko Kawakami undertakes interviewing, writing, project direction and design exhibition curation, while also serving as lecturer at several universities. She participates in numerous round tables and talks for general audience.
Wochi Kochi magazine, published by the Japan Foundation, 2017
with Mr. Yasuhiro Suzuki,artist, on his exhibition at the London Design Biennale 2016
TOKYO MIDTOWN STYLE magazine, 2017 (text in Japanese)
Highliting Japan, published by the Government of Japan, 2017
After an editorial career at AXIS design magazine from 1986 to 1994, Noriko became a design journalist in 1994.
For the next two years she participated in various Italian-Japanese design projects with the Domus Design Agency, serving as External Editorial Director of the Domus Academy Research Center.
Kawakami is author of many books, including Realising Design
(TOTO Shuppan 2004), and co-author (with Oki Sato) of Ura kara nozoke-ba omote ga mieru (Peeping at the Back to Reveal the Front) (Nikkei Business Publishing 2013) and Nippon
Product (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha). She is also editor of Tendo Mokko (Bijutsu Shuppan-sha 2008). ⇨ See link to the introduction of Realising Design.
Kawakami co-curated Wa: The Spirit of Harmony and Japanese Design Today (2008) and Japanese Design Today 100 (2014), both commissioned by the Japan Foundation for worldwide tours. She was Curatorial Advisor for the official Japanese entry at the London Design Biennale 2016, entitled A Journey Around the Neighbourhood Globe (artist: Yasuhiro Suzuki). /
Kawakami is much sought-after as a guest speaker, and is Lecturer at Nagaoka Institute of Design, and Kuwasawa Design School.
She is also Special Lecturer in the Graduate School of System Design at Tokyo Metropolitan University.
She is a member of various professional bodies, including the Architectural Institute of Japan, the Japanese Society of Social Psychology, and the Japanese Society for the Science of Design.
Writings (recent years) :
「Iittala Journal #3」2019, p.70 - p.75
「ICON DESIGN」(interview）「Japanese Next Generation」July issue, 2019, p.98 - p.101
「ART AUREA」 2016-1、 p.50 - p.55、
「AXIS」 vol.191（ February, 2018), p.90 - p 95
JINS Design Project with Jasper Morrison, Aiming for the ultimate standard.
「AXIS」 vol.190（ December, 2017), p.100 - p.105
Philippe Apeloig- Capturing the moment and instilling graphics with movement.
「AXIS」 vol.188（August, 2017 ), p.98 - p.103
Utilizing art and design to eliminate the gap between medical treatment spaces and daily life.