Tottorikahvila / Habitare. 

Press release: Tottorikahvila is an exhibition produced by the Japan Finland Design Association and Torinopro where new prototypes designed for the cafe environment can be experienced in a real cafe setting.

Tottorikahvila is a follow-up to the Next 80 Years exhibition which was a part of the World Design Capital’s Everyday Discoveries event in 2012. This exhibition presented the folk craft of Japan’s Tottori area as well as contemporary designs based on traditional objects and techniques. This rich folk craft heritage was first collected, developed, productized and marketed by Shoya Yoshida 80 years ago. Today the area’s manufacturers are promoted by Torinopro.

The Tottorikahvila project started in June 2013 when the Japan Finland Design Association sent three designers, Klaus Aalto, Anna Salonen [MottoWasabi] and Saana Sipilä, to the Tottori area to meet with local companies. A week long intensive visit followed by a long distance design process over the summer has resulted in a range of prototypes named MORI which has been realized by four different Tottori manufacturers.

The roots of Finnish design are in practical design for everyday life and thus very close to the idea of Tottori’s folk craft developed by Shoya Yoshida. The aim of this project has been to find new uses and interpretations for the traditional materials and techniques of the area with the help of Finnish designers. The exhibition shows the new prototypes alongside the traditional objects.

The cafe offers tea and coffee which can be enjoyed while having a look at the designers’ photo journals of their trip.

18.-22.9. Habitare, stand 7s21 For more information: ‘click’