The letter to the editor that was the catalyst for 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

In 2003, Issey Miyake contributed an essay entitled “Let’s Create―Design Museum (Tsukuro- dezain myu-jiamu),” to the January 28th evening edition of the Asahi Shimbun newspaper. The piece which lamented the lack of museum devoted to design in Japan generated a great deal of response, and as an unexpected result, Miyake gained a number of backers and advocates. Four years later in 2007, thanks to a variety of supporters and collaborators, 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT opened in the Garden of the Tokyo Midtown complex in Roppongi. Guided by Directors Issey Miyake, Taku Sato and Naoto Fukasawa, it continues to evolve and provide a space in which to both explore the many faces of design as well as to develop new ideas.


The Asahi Shimbun: evening edition,
January 28, 2003