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By Laura O’Connor

We all know that NYC is the cultural hub for all things aesthetically pleasing, culturally definitive and forward thinking. Japan Brand, an exhibit being held at the historical Felissimo from now until February 7th, showcases a fascinating tie between the past and the reinvention for our modern purposes. It is a true meshing of function and high design.

The show features various installations from wood and metalworking to lacquering, food and jewelry from different regions of Japan. Each work features earnestly crafted handmade pieces that shrug off modern expectations and focus on sincere tradition, making it a true testament to both the art world and Japanese traditions.

Pieces vary from reinventing past successful Japanese textiles and other items of art into tangible forms like wool shawls, carefully blown glass paperweights (from Otaru, the town of glass) that exceed all expectations and cast iron teapots constructed to perfection.

Japan Brand boasts its “story of evolution.” Since NYC is the Mecca of artistic design from its buildings to its cultural history and future possibilities, this show is worth seeing. Free to the public and rich in information, style, design and history, you should bring a friend and learn more about it.

What: Japan Brand Unfolds An Exhibition of New Traditions
When: Now through February 7th, Monday-Saturday 11am-6pm
Where: Felissimo Townhouse, 10 W. 56h Street (between 5th & 6th Avenues)

Originally published January 2009
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