Working on e-book at Ultra Factory Kyoto

To synthesise a series of collaborative design research projects STBY has been working on, together with Daijiro Mizuno from Ultra Factory at the Kyoto University of Arts and Design in Japan, Bas and Geke spent a few days at their studio to prototype an e-book.

The title of the overall project is ‘Belonging & Belongings’. Since 2009 we have conducted various studies in London, Tokyo and Kyoto, in part together with groups of students from the Kyoto University of Arts and Design and Chelsea College of Arts & Design. We have been exploring how people express their online and offline identities through the clothes they wear, the technology they use, the objects they keep in their homes, and the object they carry in their bags.

Over the years we have accumulated a vast volume of pictures, videos and notes. The time has come to wrap it up in a publication. Probably an e-book. We’ll announce more details in due time. At this stage we’d already like to make a special mention of Naoto Kobayashi and Hanae Shimizu, who are both working with us on the design of the publication. Much appreciated, as it is a lot of work.

 

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