Anthony Dunne is professor and head of the Design Interactions programme at the Royal College of Art in London. He is also a partner in the design studio Dunne & Raby. His projects with Fiona Raby use design as a medium to stimulate discussion and debate amongst designers, industry and the public about the social, cultural and ethical implications of emerging technologies. Their projects have been exhibited and published internationally and are in the permanent collections of MoMA, the Victoria & Albert Museum, Frac Ile-de-France and Fnac. He is the author of Hertzian Tales (2006) and co-author with Fiona Raby, of Design Noir (2001). They have curated exhibitions for the Science Gallery in Dublin, The Wellcome Trust Windows in London, and the Beijing International Design Triennial at the National Museum of China.
The project began with the passion of craftsmen of Takaoka Traditional Industry Youth Association to bring excitement to their hometown, Takaoka. The short film illustrates dignity and anxiety of craftsmanship in local areas in Japan. It aims to spread the reality of Japanese craftsmen to the rest of the world and to let people know about Takaoka, the city of Japanese traditional arts and crafts. The story is about a couple, a sissy husband Takashi and a devoted wife, Suzu.
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Director : Seiichi Hishikawa
Starring : Maki Murakami , Kazuma Narimoto
Music Director : Shinya Kiyokawa
Director of Photography : Yutaka Obara
Producer : Takashi Ueno
Produced by Takaoka Traditional Industry Youth Association , DRAWING AND MANUAL
Ruutu, which means diamond or square in Finnish, is a collection of 10 vases available in five sizes and seven colours. When collected and combined, they make small seamless installations where both the strength and the delicate nature of the glass come alive.
The fluidity and vibrant feel of the mouth blown glass creates the delicate character for Ruutu.
Ruutu in stores in January 2015.
Director / Camera – Juriaan Booij
Edit – James Cundill
Music – Andy Simmns
Film on location in Iittala, Finland and Paris, France
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