hisakazu shimizu presents his one-off design products at gallery space intart, tokyo
hisakazu shimizu presents his one-off design products at gallery space intart, tokyo hisakazu shimizu presents his one-off design products at gallery space intart, tokyo
nov 07, 2009

hisakazu shimizu presents his one-off design products at gallery space intart, tokyo

hisakazu shimizu presents his one-off design products at gallery space intart, tokyo (above) ‘chonmage piggy bank’ by hisakazu shimizu photo by miyahara muga



during tokyo design week 2009, hisakazu shimizu, invited designboom for an exhibition installed in his private apartment. as an design consultant of canon, shimizu has pushed the boundaries of industrial design with his development of a number of the brand’s most successful product lines, including the canon IXY (IXUS, ELPH).

‘li naosuke’ mirror photo by miyahara muga




‘li naosuke’ mirror is influenced by the idea of checking one’s hairstyle when looking at the mirror. the first in a series based on historical figures, this piece is modeled after ‘li naosuke’, one of the most important political figures of the late edo period who is most famous for his proposal supporting the opening of japan to the outside world.

hisakazu shimizu invites us to come into his apartment photo by designboom

‘chonmage piggy bank’ by hisakazu shimizu photo by designboom




based on the theme of japanese history, the ‘chonmage piggy bank’ draws on an event that took place during the meiji restoration in 1868 and shocked the people of the time. as part of the movement to open japan to the west, the government ordered all samurai to cut their hair (arranged in the  traditional topknot called chonmage) to a short western style. the piece draws its inspiration from scenes of a samurai cutting off his chonmage, which have been meticulously reenacted countless times in historical dramas.

mirror photo by designboom

mirror photo by designboom

art director eizo okada among hisakazu shimizu’s ‘naosuke li’ mirror series




the objects were part of an exhibition of deroll commissions directed by eizo okada, who asked talented japanese artists, designers and architects to design one-off products.the collection was first shown at the gallery space intart in tokyo october 28 – november 3, 2008 and at design miami/ basel in june 2009.

hisakazu shimizu and ‘chonmage piggy bank’ image courtesy of eizo okada

detail image courtesy of eizo okada

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,562 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample