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The Glaze 

For  Gumpu Nakamura

Total Branding, Space Design

In 2016, "The Glaze - Brilliance is Born from Challenge", a solo exhibition of Gampu Nakamura a ceramic artist from Ima Kutagama, was held in the main building of Isetan Shinjuku.


As the creative director and curator of the exhibition, Konoe was in charge of organizing the exhibition, including planning and producing, and designing the exhibition video, posters, invitations, and other printed materials. In addition, in collaboration with Ganpu Nakamura, he put together the works from planning and production to exhibition and sales.

A talk show with Ganpu and Konoe was held during the exhibition.

Ganpu Nakamura was moved by the lush appearance of water droplets glistening in the sunlight after rain, and his desire to perpetuate it led him to research glazes. In order to convey his lifestyle to the visitors in an understandable format, the theme of this exhibition was decided on "Brilliance is born from Challenge".

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The works in this exhibition are characterized by their composition of ◯, △ and □s, which represent all forms of Zen. The "Globe" series expresses the life force of a newborn, while the circle series, named "Torus" with holes at the top and bottom of the sphere expresses the circulation and permanence of energy. The series of squares, named Prism, is a series of paintings expressing maturity and harmony.

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All exhibition stands were planned and produced by Konoe. It is based on a simplistic linear beauty and monochrome color scheme to complement each other. It has established a new style that has never been seen before in traditional craft exhibitions.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in this project for your support.


Photo (Exhibition): Tomooki Kengaku -

Photo (Art work): Taichi Nakamura, Tadahiro Konoe

Graphic Design: Kumiko Hitomi -

Exhibition Design: Koichi Okazaki (Studio KOAA) -

Video: Hidemitsu Sato

Producer: Taichi Nakamura

Creative Director: Tadahiro Konoe

Client: Gumpu Nakamura -

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