Digesting Design

Graniph Design Award Exhibition

Posted in Exhibitions by Paul on August 8, 2009



I’m back in London and trying to adjust back to a non-Japanese life, but to help prevent it for a bit, I headed on down to KK Outlet on Thursday evening to check out the Graniph Design Award exhibition that is now on show. I met up with the Japanese based t-shirt company in June whilst I was in Tokyo and have been in contact with them since, so it was nice to see some exposure for the company over in London.

The exhibition featured winners from this years design awards run by Graniph and included artists from South Korea, China, Dubai, Denmark and the UK. The exhibition also featured a small competition where visitors could create a new t-shirt design and the winning person would receive all the t-shirts on show at the exhibition. I was interviewed for KK TV, a new concept by the agency about my favourite t-shirt of the exhibition so I will post the video up as soon as I track it down.

Check out all the winning designs on Graniph’s website here. All the photos from the opening evening can be seen on KK Outlet’s Flickr page here.




Graniph Studio Visit

Posted in Everything Else by Paul on June 15, 2009


This morning I went to visit Graniph in Shibuya (in west central Tokyo) and to meet up with David Smyth from the company for a chat. Graniph are a t-shirt company based here in Tokyo that produce a mass amount of t-shirts every month, I was told the in house design team of 6 produce 85+ every month plus Graniph scout out images that would work on t-shirts from artists, designers and studios the world over. They currently have stores in Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Jakarta and Dubai and David told me about their futures hopes to push the company towards Europe and beyond.

Graniph, currently only based in Asia, have however used designs from numerous UK based artists and other well known creatives from around the world including James Joyce, Non-Format, Emil Ruder, Rose Stallard (co-founder of Print Club), Mr. Bingo, Anthony Burrill and Andy Forshaw with many more listed in their artists section.

We talked about Tokyo in general, Graniph, and how it all works and the company’s background as well as about my year out. It was great to meet David, who looks after the international side of things of Graniph as well as scouting out fresh designs on a monthly basis. I’ll be staying in touch, and there are way too many nice t-shirts that I want to buy before I leave Japan. I’ll also hopefully be working on a design submission in the near future.



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