TDW2013 Outline



About TDW2013


TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK started systematically as Designers’ Saturday in 1986 and was renamed as TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK in the year 1997, setting its venue continuously every fall for 28 years in the city of Tokyo. It is an international design event that gathers the excellent design and art from all over the world in areas close to our every-day lives, such as architecture, interior, product design, graphic design and art. Since 2005, the event has been provided the central venue of Meiji Jingu Gaien Mae (In front of Meiji-Jingu Memorial Picture Gallery) and developed into an event that attracting in 2012 a record number of over 100,000 people with highly sensitive opinions in the creative field. The event has allowed companies, organizations, embassies, schools, designers to become highly recognized by providing a place to announce their latest design and art through PR, product promotion, marketing and testing for branding purposes.

Event Schedule

Date: Oct. 26th(Sat)- Nov. 4th(Mon・National Holiday) Scheduled for 10 days
Time: 11:00–22:00 (18:00 on the last day)
Venue: 2-3 Kasumigaoka , Tokyo
Meiji-Jingu Gaien Mae (Central Venue), SHOPs around the Metropolitan Area
Expected Visitors:120,000 people (estimate) *101,790 people (2012/7 days)

Transportation Info

Nearest Station

JR Chuo Line・Sobu Line [Shinanomachi Station・Setagaya Station]
Ginza Line「Gaien Mae」
Ginza Line・Hanzomon Line・Oeda Line[Aoyama Itchome]
Oedo Line[Kokuritsu Kyogijo]

Theme:DESIGN Fes.

TOKYO DESIGNERS WEEK 2013 will evolve from a design exhibition to a design festival aiming to gather all sorts of creativity into a 'Creative, Festival'. As the genres in creativity are naturally crossing country borders, the event has surpassed its boundaries and aims to broaden the experience of possibilities in the future of design and art. As a design festival, as well as those in the design and art field, it intends to create an opportunity for everybody, from children and adults, to experience and enjoy design and art. The event intends to propagate as everyone's design and as everyone's art.

TDW2013 Show Designer
Kimi Hasegawa

Representative of 'VELVETA DESIGN'. Kimi graduated from Kuwasawa Design School. After working for a construction company and a design firm, she established 'VELVETA DESIGN OFFICE TOKYO' in 2004. Kimi works in various fields, designing the "atmosphere" being her main theme. One of her latest work is the "OMOTESANDO Illumination"/"IKSPIARI Christmas"/"OMOTESANDO HILLS FAÇADE RENEWAL"/"Ginza Christmas(KIBOU-NO-TUBASA)"/"NISSAN Design Center Board Room"/ etc... She also was one of the three leading female designers/artists of the next generation at Mazda Demio New Target EXPO. Kimi has received Display Design Awards and many others.


One of the two main contents represented by the “School Exhibition” & the “Young Creator Exhibition” have showcased so far more than 6,000 teams of students and young designers from both inside and outside Japan.
This year, a comprehensive Asian creative award has been established to gather all the young creative power from Asia and around the world in the centre of Tokyo. It aims to become a platform for students and young designers to help them develop their capabilities to excel on the global stage.


Katsumi Asaba 
Art Director

Toyo Ito

ASIA AWARDS Special Jury Members

■Executive Chairman
Kenji Kawasaki(Founder of Tokyo Designers Week and Design Association NPO)

■Vice Chairman
Toshiyuki Kita(Product Designer)
Shigeru Sato(Able CHINTAIHoldings Chairman)
Hiroo Mori(Mori Building Co. Executive director)

■Media Jury
Yoshiko Ikoma(Fashion Journalist)
Teiya Iwabuchi(Chief editor of BIJUTSUTECHO)
Kazuya Shimokawa(Chief editor of Nikkei Business Publications)
Touru Matsubara(Chief editor of Casa BRUTAS)
Izumi Miyaji(Yomiuri Shimbun,Lifestyle and Culture section, Manager)

Mika Ikenobo(Flower artist)
Yoichiro Ushioda(LIXIL Group Corporation,Executive Chairman)
Kimitaka Kato(FUJITSU LIMITED SVP Marketing Transformation Project Office)
Maiko Kawakami(Actress/Glass artist)
Motomi Kawakami(Designer)
Kengo Kuma(Architect)
Takeshi Kobayshi(Music Producer)
Kundo Koyama(Screenwriter)
Kashiwa Sato(Art Director)
Satoshi Tabuchi(Professor, Tama Art University / Architect)
Hiroshi Tsuruta(Real Style President)
Koichi Nezu(Nezu Museum, Director)
Katsuhiko Hibino(Artist)
Ken Mogi(Brain Scientist)

■Supporting Embassies
Embassy of Bangladesh in Japan / Embassy of Brunei Darussalam in Japan/Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in Japan/Embassy of India in Japan / Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Tokyo / Embassy of Israel in Japan / Korean Embassy in Japan, Korean Cultural Center / Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency / Embassy of Nepal in Japan / Embassy of the Republic of Philippines / Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office, Japan / Royal Thai Embassy / Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Timor-Leste / Turkish Embassy in Tokyo / Embassy of the United Arab Emirates, Tokyo / Embassy of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam in Japan


Strengthen competitive creativity between Japan and other Asian Countries

Gather all young creative power from Asia and around the world at Tokyo Designers Week and dispatch it to the world

Cultural Exchange

We aim to promote cultural exchange through art and design, and to build friendly relations between Asia and Japan


Screening Schedule

 Application Period : April 1st 2013~July 31st

1st Screening : Documents Review (Organizer)

2nd Screening : Work Review(during TDW 2013 , central venue)
・Exhibition Period : Oct.26th – Nov.4th (Mon.)
・Jury : Professionals within the Professional Exhibition, Corporate Awards  Partners, Faculty Members.

Final Screening : Presentation Review (during TDW 2013, central venue, TDW DOME)
・The finalists within the 3 award categories will hold presentations for the Special Jury members, in either English or Japanese. Internet live broadcast from the venue.
・Special Jury : Executive Committee members/Corporate Awards Partners/ School Exhibition Committee/Design & Art related media

Award Ceremony : Nov. 3rd (Sun.)Pending
Venue : TDW2013 Central Venue within the TDW DOME
Broadcast : TV Show「TOKYO DESIGNERS」BS NTV/Every Monday 23:00-23:54


Together with the ASIA AWARDS Project we have also established the DESIGN ASSOCIATION NPO / ASIA AWARDS FOUNDATION. All the funds received from the corporate awards partners, together with the TDW 2013 event admission fee and THE PROFESSIONAL participation fee, will be used to manage and support the ASIA AWARDS Project.

>>School Exhibition
>>Young Creators Exhibition
>>Professional Exhibition

Download the ASIA AWARDS pamphlet here