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From Madrid to Tokyo. The Master of European Design Labs in the Land of the Rising Sun

Full of extravagance and uniqueness, Tokyo is a city which leaves nobody indifferent. In one of the wonderlands of design, where every object and service is thought out in detail, the students of the Master of European Design Labs enjoyed 8 days of inspiration.

Full of extravagance and uniqueness, Tokyo is a city which leaves nobody indifferent. In one of the wonderlands of design, where every object and service is thought out in detail, the students of the Master of European Design Labs enjoyed 8 days of inspiration.

On this trip, the young designers have learnt about Japanese culture and its very advanced and sustainable way of designing; an enviable starting point from which to return with the feeling of being able to overcome conceptual barriers and create better designs.

This megalopolis, where more than 13 million people live together, offers a Tokyo for every visitor. The students, all with their own particular interests regarding their thesis project, were able to find their place in the different thematic neighbourhoods that the city offers. Among others:

– Akihabara. A neighbourhood synonymous with electronics and technology, where you can be seduced, not only the latest gadgets but also because it is the nerve centre of the Manga industry.
Nagoya. A place where one can learn about the Karimoku furniture factory, one of the most famous in the whole of Asia, which is considering a new design line for young European designers, using wood from all over the world.
Asakusa. A setting where you can imagine yourself on a trip to the past: temples and traditional attire combined with typical craftwork shops.
– Roppongi. With a much more international atmosphere, this entertainment neighbourhood houses one of the best museums in Tokyo, which the students were able to enjoy.
– Shinjuku: the capital’s most important administrative and commercial centre, location of the most famous and most travelled railway station in the country.

Accompanied by their tutor, Cutu Mazuelos, CEO of Stone Designs and habitual designer for firms in this country, all the students were able to investigate things that particularly interested them by finding the corner of Tokyo that responded to their needs.

An inspirational, spiritual and motivational trip that can be seen in this video:

 

 

MASTER OF EUROPEAN DESIGN LABS
Program Leader: mischer’traxler
Start: January 2015.
Schedule: Monday to Friday, from 9.30 to 18.00 h, distributed between lessons, tutorials, research and trips.
Language: all the lessons are taught in English.

INFORMATION AND REGISTRATIONS
a.pacifico@madrid.ied.es
(+34) 91 448 04 44
Skype: master.iedmadrid

 

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