poster for 47Repair&Care

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D&Department has consistently promoted “long-life design,” things in their lives that people are able to enjoy for many years, whose design passes the test of time. Long-life design is not just a matter of form and structure, but also of how things are made and sold, how they’re repaired and cared for—the whole set of conditions that gives them longevity. As the era of mass production and consumption winds down, and more young people choose not to buy and have so many things, being able to use something for a long time by repairing and caring for it is an increasingly important factor in what people choose to buy. This exhibition captures this thinking by highlighting how people in each prefecture draw on distinctive local resources, techniques, and customs to repair and care for the things they use in their everyday lives. For example, visitors can have cracks in their lacquerware repaired and color restored by expert craftsmen using unique, locally sourced materials. The exhibition will also offer re-surfacing of cutting boards by woodworkers and stain-removal kits developed by a long-established soap maker. The exhibition hopes to give visitors an opportunity to reflect—from the maker’s, seller’s, and user’s perspectives—on the value of keeping the most treasured things in use through repair and care.

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from April 05, 2018 to June 11, 2018

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