1. Tokyo Modernism 2024
    Photo: Tokyo Modernism 2024
  2. Tokyo Modernism 2024
    Photo: Tokyo Modernism 2024
  3. Tokyo Modernism 2024
    Photo: Tokyo Modernism 2024
  • Art, Design

Tokyo Modernism 2024: Furniture, Architecture and Design


Time Out says

The mid-century modern (MCM) aesthetic, most commonly associated with the work of Charles and Ray Eames, emerged in the years following WW2 and thrived from the 1950s to the ’70s across the USA, Europe and Scandinavia, also influencing the Japanese design of the time. Now, this mode of interior, product and architectural design is more popular than ever: in Tokyo, the Eames’ famed shell chair is seen everywhere from hip cafés to dental offices.

Tokyo Modernism 2024, taking place from late March through to mid-May, celebrates mid-century modern style through a program of events allowing you to get hands-on with iconic and rare items, meet expert MCM dealers, and maybe pick up something to enhance your home.

The Modernism Show (April 18-21), the program’s main event, sees guest rooms of Muji Hotel Ginza host pop-up shops where the owners of around 30 MCM-focused galleries and vintage shops, from both Japan and across the globe, will showcase and sell their often difficult-to-source items. Tickets are required for this exhibition, with prices starting from ¥3,000.

Over at Idée Tokyo in Marunouchi, the Modernism Auction (March 22 to April 9; then April 12-23) will offer rare pieces previously owned and used by gallery and shop owners participating in Tokyo Modernism 2024. Items range from functional furniture designed by names such as Alvar Aalto and George Nakashima to decorative pieces from artists including Lisa Larson.

Back in Ginza, Muji Atelier presents the Mid-Century Muji free exhibition (March 29 to May 12). Muji’s products, just like MCM designs before them, have long embodied a simplicity and functionality that is in tune with the lifestyles of their era. Mid-Century Muji extrapolates upon this notion to present a mocked-up architect’s office in which existing Muji items have been reworked into an MCM style.


Modernism Show ¥3,000-¥8,000, Mid-Century Muji is free
Opening hours:
Varies, check the respective exhibition's website
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