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Photo: Masaya Yoshimura

The design lover's fantasy destination

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is a venue to redirect our eyes to everyday things and events, and create various proposals and communicate numerous discoveries from the design point of view. Our aim is to promote understanding and interest in design by involving designers, company people, engineers, craftsmen, and the general public.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is a design-focused institution founded by designer Issey Miyake. It opened in March 2007 and is part of the Tokyo Midtown complex in Roppongi . The structure was designed by world-renowned architect Tadao Ando.

Don't Miss

  • Spending time in the tranquil park surrounding the institution
  • Architectural details including the roof inspired by Issey Miyake's "A Piece of Cloth" concept

How to Get There

The museum is accessible by train or taxi.

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT is accessible by train or taxi. It is a 5-minute walk from Roppongi Station on the Toei Oedo Line, Roppongi Station on the Tokyo Metro Hibiya Line and Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line.

A meeting of design masters

Along with Miyake, the graphic designer Taku Satoh and the product designer Naoto Fukasawa acted as directors, and the three directors envisioned a space that would offer a fresh perspective on how to interpret and appreciate design.

Most of the exhibitions and workshops here focus on the theme of “everyday life,” and explore the often underappreciated world of design that is hidden in plain sight.

Photo: Masaya Yoshimura

An underground gallery space

Set on the edge of Midtown Garden, which is located in the Tokyo Midtown complex, a large portion of the gallery space is underground. The idea for the roof as one sheet of folded steel was inspired by Issey Miyake's A-POC "A Piece of Cloth" concept.

In addition to exhibitions directed by designers, the institution also hosts a wide variety of design-focused activities such as talks and workshops.

* The information on this page may be subject to change due to COVID-19.

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