Atelier Muji Ginza, Tokyo, 2018
ATELIER MUJI is:
A workshop that provides clues on how to move into our future by looking back to the origins of our lives.
After having opened in 2001, MUJI Yurakucho will close its doors as of December, 2018. Together with this closure, ATELIER MUJI will cease its activities at these premises. It started as, and will finish as ATELIER MUJI, although it was also called Open MUJI for a certain period.
In the year 2018, 5 exhibitions took place in Japan as well as 1 overseas.
When the new year arrived, a gift-themed exhibition and related events were organised, inspired by an enormous modern-to-contemporary design collection, that enriched our lives and society in general; In Spring, creations by modern artists and creators filled a space based on thoughts about “objects”; Once Summer began, we enjoyed a new experience in an inclusive reading room exploring handmade tactile picture books made in France; When Autumn came, we learned how to appreciate Japanese tea culture in a modern way; Finally, in Winter, those nurtured by woodlands and forests came together from all over Japan, and created an open space to share the enjoyment of design and its ability to motivate us to create something with our own hands.
We would like to thank all those who supported the ATELIER MUJI activities over this long period, and all those who came to see our exhibitions or participated in the related events. And soon, in April 2019, ATELIER MUJI GINZA will be born in the MUJI GINZA store. We look forward to seeing you again at this new site, with its new name.
“The delightful tactile illustrated book reading room from France” exhibition
Come and enjoy our wonderful little tactile reading room. Welcoming you are some exceptionally beautiful tactile illustrated books and a delightful giant poster, all to be touched and enjoyed. They were born in a French workshop for blind and visually impaired children.
Please stay here as long as you like to enjoy caressing them gently, with both hands and all five senses.
You may find yourself wanting to speak with somebody after this experience, without knowing why.
These amusing tactile books are just like your friends: Always beside you, they get on with anybody, anywhere, and anytime. With them, we will all be taken on an adventure to explore somewhere new.
Where the tactile books and poster were created
Les Doigts Qui Rêvent (Dreaming fingers) is a workshop that creates tactile illustrated books for blind and visually impaired children. Established as a non-profitable organization in Talant, Burgundy (France) in 1993, all their tactile books are made by hand one by one. Many people, such as creators, industry professionals, community workshops and volunteers, are involved in its cooperative creation process from ideas to realizations. Delightfully beautiful illustrated books are born every day in this place to be caressed by those who need them. Their tactile illustrated books are on sale at the official bilingual website (English / French):
Typhlo & Tactus ▶http://www.tactus.org
Tactile illustrated books by “Les Doigts Qui Rêvent”
It was Philippe Claudet, a former elementary school teacher in France, who set up “Les Doigts Qui Rêvent” ’s activity. He started with the first book “Au pays d’Amandine… dine, dine” (“In the country of Amandine… dine, dine”) which was one of the exhibited books. This book was created by Philippe for a visually impaired student called Amandine, when no suitable books or teaching materials could be found in bookstores or libraries at the time.
This tactile illustrated book creation project originated from only one person, but it has now grown into an NPO (Non-profit organisation) that is engaged in developing, creating and selling brilliant books with many different stories, designs and functions. Among them all, one of the most delicate tactile illustrated books is “Little Red Riding Hood”. It has been created in an accordion format like picture scrolls, with folded textured paper similar to Japanese washi paper quality. All the characters are represented by various round shapes in different sizes and colours; they become bigger or smaller as the story goes along. This well-known tale of Little Red Riding Hood helped everyone from all generations and regions to enjoy and fully experience the book, and more than that, reading it by touch rewarded us with an additional surprise from this original, dainty, yet simple creation.
Exhibition route guide
In the venue, the exhibition route was suggested by a red wooden strip on the wall which acted as a tactile guide so that visually impaired visitors could enjoy the exhibition at ease. The wood was carefully polished to have a smooth surface, and was painted in red to attract the attention of all kinds of visitors with or without eye-sight issues.
The audio guide was placed at the starting point of the exhibition. It was set off by a motion sensor and also by a button on the guide strip to give visitors audible information about the exhibition.
All the displayed texts were also printed in braille. We carefully studied the height at which the braille would be displayed to be as appropriate as possible for visitors of all ages.