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Design Festa’s Permanent Site for Personal Art at Harujuku

Visiting the permanent Design Festa Gallery at Harujuku was almost like a pilgrimage since I loved our day at the huge bi-annual Design Festa event at Tokyo Big Sight.

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We'd already seen photos of the place via all the marketing literature but still kept an eye out for the western entrance of the gallery which had a manic composition of red scaffolding bars all over it.

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The Design Festa gallery was divided between two buildings, the West side, which has twelve exhibition spaces and the East with seventeen.

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They're all split over several floors with the top floor of the West side housing the Design Festa offices.

Like the Tokyo Big Sight event, artists can rent a space to exhibit and sell their work, all within an atmosphere of freestyle expression. We certainly saw a variety of art on offer though collectively, they had the same flavour as the work at Tokyo Big Sight.

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Art wasn't restricted to individual cubicle spaces either as we found the stairs, corridors and walls were also decorated, as well as the outside balconies and even the toilet door sign.

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Both galleries are linked with a café space with outdoor seating befitting an artspace.

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I found the whole Design Festa package to be truly inspirational and if I'd ever turn to creating my own pieces, whatever they are, then this is the kind of place they'd end up at.

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More photos of Design Festa Harujuku on Flickr


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