EMIKO CHUJO - DIRECTOR MONO JAPAN
For three whole days – from 16 to 19 February 2018 – the third edition of MONO JAPAN will transform Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy into a tiny Tokyo, full of Japanese design and craftsmanship. We would like to introduce you to Emiko Chujo, initiator and director of this unique event.
[Konnichiwa Emiko!] What was your motivation to start organizing MONO JAPAN?About ten years after I moved to the Netherlands, I started to miss a certain kind of handcrafted products which I loved so much in Japan, but couldn’t find anywhere in Dutch shops. I wondered why, and began investigating the differences between Dutch Design and Japanese craftsmanship. I realized that both cultures could learn a lot from each other and felt an urge to connect the two on the level of design and crafts.
Why do you focus solely on the subject of design and crafts?
Me and my father shared an interest in arts and crafts, specifically paintings and ceramics. I studied Oil Painting on the art academy and, influenced by my father, started to collect handmade Japanese ceramics.
The Netherlands and Japan both have a certain reputation when it comes to design and crafts, though their approach is very different. Japanese artists put a lot of effort in getting better and better at crafting handmade products, while Dutch artists emphasize on the conceptual side of a product and not so much on how it’s made. Furthermore, Japanese craftsmen tend to be extremely modest about themselves and their products, while Dutch artists are great at marketing and selling their work. What I find interesting, is what happens when you connect these different approaches.
What do you hope to achieve with MONO JAPAN?
MONO JAPAN is essentially a fair to create a European market for beautiful Japanese products. At the same time, I want to create new perspectives for both Dutch and Japanese designers by, amongst others, forming collaborations between them. MONO JAPAN motivates Japanese craftsmen to be creative an innovative, and simultaneously urges Dutch designers to explore all the amazing crafting techniques Japan has to offer.
JOOST ELFFERS - PUBLISHER
DANIEL BURNS - Chef at Luksus, New York
That chapter too is already closed and a new adventure - Burns Gelato - is on the way. Expect the proper gelato with the most unexpected flavours! Expect to be wowed!
What is the ultimate dining experience? - we wonder. He answers quickly – it's the one that brings up a memory of childhood. Could that have something to do with the fact that Burns himself says his mothers home cooking was probably to blame for his final choice of vocation? - we guess.
Where does he get his inspiration? Art, among other things. A show of Marina Abramovic left a deep impression. The passion that she has for her work, the devotion that borders with life threating obsession, one can only admire that.
ANDREAS RIEGER - Chef at Einsunternull, Berlin
Andreas is on a mission. He believes that German kitchen needs an identity. And he is on to something. Bitter, he says, is not only one of the misunderstood flavors, it is the one that describes Germans the best. Gastronomy is not just about nutrition, especially on that high level.
It has a broader cultural and social value. Unfortunately, taking utmost care of the dishes he serves, creating and developing unique flavours, comes with a higher price tag, making it an exclusive adventure not everyone can afford. But only if he could cover the running costs of the restaurant (including fair pay and healthy work load for his staff, he talked about with as much passion as about the food he and his team make) he would gladly charge 10 euros per meal.
KRISTIAN BAUMANN - Chef at 108, Copenhagen
We asked Kristian about his experience with Steinbeisser Experimental Gastronomy and the dinner he served the night before. He told us, that though from the very start he was excited about the projects and was looking forward to it, the perfectionist side of him was very nervous. But on the night itself, just moments before the dinning room was finished and the guests walked in, he realized that the wow-power came not from food of vessels alone, but from the combination of the two, and it gave him an amazing feeling of creative freedom. So if you were one of the 65 guests nibbling on flower petals or sharing starters with people you never met before, thank the artists. The ultimate dining experience, according to Kristian, should have an element of surprise to it.
GAYATRI DATAR - CO-FOUNDER EARTHENABLE WINNER OF THE POSTCODE LOTTERY GREEN CHALLENGE 2017
How did you approach problem solving in a brand-new context such as Rwanda?
"Design thinking changed the way I think about problems and how to solve them. This was a major turning point in my life. Before, as a management consultant I came up with a hypothesis, did the analysis and then came up with an answer. Now, instead, I spent two and a half months just learning and being with people in their homes in Rwanda; being open to spending time learning and being empathetic. You can’t lack empathy and design a product for someone’s needs. And empathy can be taught. Innovation can be taught too. I learned it, I am a living example of this."
EarthEnable was the winner of the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge 2017
LEVI MAESTRO - VLOGGER AND VIDEOGRAPHER
What brings you to Amsterdam?
"I’m travelling in Europe. Trying to see new things and make videos along the way. I have my own production company, so I’m doing work for companies as it comes. Like this video I’m making for Lloyd, I only thought of it two weeks ago. I was thinking that I want to make videos about places that I like.
Usually my videos have a multitude of things happening: persons, places. It’s about so many things. I wanted to start profiling places that I could dig into more. This place is something like that. It has a lot of layers. So I’m going to try to make videos now, sort of the same I’ve been doing all along, but for instance I’ve never made one just on a hotel. Those are the things I’m looking, well, not looking for, but like when they come along, then I act on it, you know? It’s really cool when you’re in a place that’s so much different than when you’re from, because things tend to be more interesting.
What was the very last thing you photographed?
"That was probably my room, 602. The reason I like this room so much is that I always thought the A-frame roof is so neat. Like in the States, you barely ever see it. Only in maybe some really old houses in certain kind of states, but it’s very rare. There’s something about it that seems so fake, right? It seems kind of like a dream, like a fairytale type of place. And it’s funny, because the swing is not even that much big of deal, but just it being there makes it a whole different kind of place. Very cool."
Saad Hajo, Mwafaq Katt, Sahar Burhan
LAXMI NARAYAN TRIPATHI
TAKUYA OHASHI & SHINTARO TOKITA - MUSICIANS
HIDA KASEI, AMIR KOMEILIZADEH, MOHAMMAD REZA AMIRI
EDDY WIJNGAARDE - Film Producer
FRANCK BRAGIGAND - Painter
Chitose Ohchi - Curator
Masashi Sueta - Fashion Designer
Hanako Matsunaga - Ceramics Expert
SAKAIDA KAKIEMON XV - JAPANESE POTTER
One of the specialties the Dutch elite loved instantly was the precious, luxury porcelain of the Kakiemon workshop. Soon this was favoured over the Chinese porcelain.
Now, the celebrations of 400 year porcelain crafts in the Japanese Arita region, brings the 15th generation of Sakaida Kakiemon, to Amsterdam and Lloyd Hotel.
Hany Abu-Assad - Film Director
ROBERTO NEGRIN - COUTURIER FOR DOGS
Dressed in a gold costume we came across couturier for dogs Roberto Negrin from New York. He visited Amsterdam briefly to do a photoshoot and filming at Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy for an online commercial. RTL-Boulevard jumped to the opportunity of talking to him.
PHILIPP FÜRHOFER - PAINTER, SET- AND COSTUME DESIGNER
He's staying at Lloyd Hotel as he's in Amsterdam often for his work on Pique Dame, Tchaikowsky's opera which will open during the Holland Festival, 9 June 2016, directed by Stephen Herheim.
SIMON STEPHENS - PLAYWRIGHT
His play 'Song from far Away' is set in Amsterdam with Lloyd Hotel written in as the chosen location of the principal character Willem. It premiered in Sao Paulo, to continue in Amsterdam and London to rave reviews.
MASATAKA MIYANAGA - MAMECHIYO PRESS OFFICER
This year Masataka Miyanaga organised his three-day high-end workshop and lecture tour for Japanese beauty experts at Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy. The course results in a photo shoot.
He works together with his wife, Mamechiyo, who’s a key figure of the Kimono revival movement in Japan. Her kimonos are ‘like modern landscapes, where Eastern and Western worlds collide’, writes Trend Tablet.
HIROKAZU TOKUYAMA - ARTS CURATOR
ANNIE DORSEN - THEATERMAKER
The stage setting is extremely simple, consisting of three white leather Marcel Wander’s couches she’s borrowed from the Lloyd Hotel restaurant. Annie’s just in from a stroll in the Eastern Docklands after a day of setting the stage and finetuning at the Muziekgebouw.
LEOPOLD RABUS - PAINTER
The lobby is plastered with the drawings his son Edouir (5) and daughter Ellie (9) made of the Lloyd Hotel and its surroundings. Perhaps these are the budding works of a next generation of artists, for the Swiss Rabus family covers already two generations of them. “I do not know of a hotel in Switzerland that would organise space for children as well as the Lloyd. They would have a nice playground but with an unpleasant esthetics.”
NORIYUKI MOMOTA - PRESIDENT MOMOTA TOUEN CORPORATION
Recently, Momota-san was in Amsterdam to meet with Dutch designers Scholten & Baijings. As CEO of a centuries old manufacturing and trading company of Arita pottery, Momota instigated the brand 1616/ Arita Japan together with designer Yanagihara Teruhiro and Dutch design studio Scholten&Baijings. This brand precedented the 2016/ project, which will launch at theMilan Salone di Mobile next year.
As he relaxes between a busy meeting schedule, we have an opportunity to talk with him.
NATHALIE BOSEUL SHIN - CURATOR
She stays at Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy on invitation of the Mondriaan Fund, as one of a group of art professionals from South-Korea and Japan who represent a wide range of art institutions.
NISHIKO VISUAL - ARTIST
ANAS AREMEYAW ANAS - INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST
TERUHIRO YANAGIHARA - DESIGNER
Primary aim of the project is to develop 16 new series by international designers, together with 16 Arita pottery producers. These will be presented at the 2016 Milan Design Week. Design partner in the Netherlands are Scholten & Baijings.
RENZO MARTENS - VISUAL ARTIST
Early in the evening he walks in, wearing a white jacket and burgundy trousers, his sleek long hair combed back; yes, he does play with his likeness to the actor Klaus Kinski. He stayed at Lloyd Hotel for a week, while further developing his plans.
PABLO MARTIN-CAMINERO - Innovative Flamenco Free Style Musician
Double-bass player Pablo Martín-Caminero is about the only band-member who's fluent in English. We talk about UHF's Dutch experience.
Victoria de Pereda and Pierluigi Cattermole - DESIGN CREATIVES
PASCALE GATZEN - FASHION DESIGNER
TRAVIS CHAMBERLAIN - CURATOR NEW MUSEUM NY
Staying with us as a guest of TROUW he’s here to test the most ambitious thing he’s ever done: to present a large scale performance art project in an exhibition.
LUCY MCRAE - BODY ARCHITECT
CHITOSE OHCHI - JEWELLERY GALLERY OWNER
PACO BARRAGÁN - INDEPENDENT CURATOR AND ART CONSULTANT
JEAN DE LOISY - DIRECTOR PALAIS DE TOKYO
For tonight's opening, Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy sponsored the rooms of Jean de Loisy, director of Palais de Tokyo, and DJ Joakinm Bouazis, with whom the French art institution will throw one of their infamous nightly parties. (image courtesy connaissancedesarts.com)
ROBBIE MAHONEY - CREATIVE DIRECTOR
SOPHIE OLUWOLE - PHILOSOPHER
photo © Michel Mees
LADUMA NGXOKOLO - KNITWEAR DESIGNER
ALEXA AND JOÃO RODRIGUES
It’s the first thing attendees look for on Facebook the morning after the session: their pictures.
The international guests of Shortcutz Amsterdam usually stay at Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, and we are showing a ‘General Audiences’ selection of winning short films on the Lloyd tv-channel in all hotel rooms.
HACO DE RIDDER
Haco de Ridder Officer International Visitors Program Mondriaan Fund
Since 2007 the guests of the International Visitors Program stay at Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy.
I work for the Visitors Programme and the yearly Orientation Trips organized by the Mondriaan Fund, the Dutch public cultural funding organization focusing on visual arts and cultural heritage.
We invite around 20 people a year, mostly on an individual basis but sometimes as a group. The idea is to provide them an insight into the Dutch art field. Together with them I prepare a tailor-made programme of artists and institutions that they would like to meet.
His success as self-taught designer is based on his knowledge of materials and relations with small craft manufacturers in Japan, who still know how to use traditional techniques. With them, Masanori develops carefully made innovative home ware products, which have become available in boutique shops from New York to Taiwan.
ILCO VAN DER LINDE
On 14 March 2014, a dedicated MasterPeace hotelroom opens in Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy.
(photo Oscar Timmers)