Tokyo-Go-Go presents a pop-up exhibition featuring a collection of his video game inspired art, stickers and toys. Ultimately… a bunch a bright, fun character driven work. The concept behind Tokyo Arcade 2012 is to round off the year with a bang and offer, for a short period of time, a multitude of ready-to-hang artwork at affordable prices that would add an element of fun to any space, or perhaps make for a pretty awesome, unique gift. The show is only up for 5 days and collection will take place thereafter.
Venue – Mooki Noodle Bar
190 Brand Road Glenwood Durban
Opens – 18h00 – 22h00
Cash Bar and Dining
Japan-based ad agency I&S BBDO puts a new spin on a centuries old Japanese delicacy. In an effort to reignite the seaweed-eating community for their client, the series of laser-cut seaweed known as Design NORI offers a stylized meal to entice consumers. By taking traditional seaweed and cutting intricate patterns into them, each sushi roll created with the edible square is turned into a work of art.
The idea for this inventive food design stemmed from the decline in business for Hiroyuki Umino, who owns a seaweed wholesale and retail store in Ibaraki Prefecture called Umino Seaweed Shop, since the destructive tsunami hit Japan in 2011. Each design scheme is cut into the nori (the Japanese word for the seaweed paper most commonly used for sushi), which needs to be thick because Umino says that thin seaweed is too weak to handle the meticulous incisions. Each design is a separate symbolic representation of positivity—good fortune, happiness, longevity, etc.
Although Design NORI is not yet available for mass distribution or online sale, it is currently on display as part of the KATAGAMI Style – Paper Stencils and Japonisme exhibition atMitsubishi Ichigokan Museum in Tokyo until May 27, 2012.
Mooki commissioned Greg aka Tokyo Go-Go to create a new Menu for the Restaurant, the overall look needed to be clean, colorful, and fun. An array of characters were scattered throughout the menu, each relating in some way to a meal, side or option our the surroundings available at Mooki. The new venue with all its yummy treats can be seen here.
Greg Darroll is an Illustrator & Graphic Designer based in Durban, South Africa. He generally works with vector graphics, and clean, colourful, crazy illustrations that get people thinking, laughing or just immersed in detail. He is continually fascinated by anything and everything creative however characters, designer toys, 2D animation and T-shirt illustrations are just a few things that inspire him to create even more! The name “Tokyo-Go-Go” is a bit of a cryptic one. Firstly it resembles his love for all things Japanese, as well as his initial urge to pursue a career as a designer. The first “Go” represents how far he has come since he began his adventure. Drawing, thinking, creating, everyday. Developing immensely in the process. The second “Go” is all about what’s in store for him in the future. Which the Mooki Team see’s as very bright!
For nearly a decade since the late 1970s artist Takanori Aiba worked as a maze illustrator for Japanese fashion magazine POPYE. The following decade he worked as an architect and finally in 2003 decided to merge the two crafts—the design of physical space and the drawing of labyrinths—into these incredibly detailed tiny worlds. Using craft paper, plastic, plaster, acrylic resin, paint and other materials Aiba constructs sprawling miniature communities that wrap around bonsai trees, lighthouses, and amongst the cliffs of nearly vertical islands. I would love to visit every single one of these places, if only I was 6 feet shorter. See more of Aiba’s work here
Takanori Aiba was born in 1953 in Yokohama, Japan. He studied Japanese traditional textiles and dyed clothing at Tokyo Zokei University. He built his first career as a freelance maze illustrator from 1978. His maze works were serialized in “POPYE”, a Japanese fashion magazine for 10 years. He then founded his own company,”Graphics and Designing Inc.”, in 1981. He expanded the range of his career to become a concept maker and art director for architectural spaces. Since, 2003, he has put his mind to work creating three dimensional art works which combine his knowledge and experience of both maze illustration and architecture. On September, 2010, his solo exhibition, “Adventures of the Eyes” was held at Kakiden Gallery, Tokyo Japan.