2016.07.27 (wed)

Milano :  ”Diner en Blanc” ~ “Cena in Bianco”

Milano :  ”Diner en Blanc” ~ “Cena in Bianco”

The “Diner en Blanc” was launched in 1988 by François Pasquier, who invited some friends to enjoy a dinner in Bois de Boulogne park in Paris, clothed in white so that they could find each other in darkness. This event now takes place in 50 countries of the world, attended by about 10,000 people. The rules are on the official ”Diner en Blanc” site. Participants must be elegantly dressed in white, bring their own tables & chairs and food.  At the end of the evening everything must be taken away, and the location must be restored to how it was before the dinner. The location, which is a carefully chosen urban space, is not revealed until 24 hours before the event, similar to a flash-mob concept!

This year’s event  (called “Cena in Bianco” in Italian) took place on July 7, from 8:00 ~ 23:30. The location was Politecnico di Milano in Piazza Leonardo da Vinci, a university for architecture, engineering and design that was founded in 1863. I was not registered to attend the dinner, so I stopped by to take some photos.  There were many people who had created their own ”Cena in Bianco” on park benches on the periphery of the piazza, creating a Fuori-Cena event of their own…

This genteel dinner is a joy to see; finely dressed people dining in the company of friends, in a quiet public space, far away from the noises and distractions of the city.

Photos from Cena in Bianco

https://www.google.it/search?q=cena+in+bianco&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiCgaKQku7NAhXCaxQKHYuHDMMQ_AUICCgB&biw=907&bih=658

Paris 2016:Youtube video

There was a ”Diner en Blanc” in Tokyo last year.

https://tokyo.dinerenblanc.info

Here are some F.A.Q.

http://paris.dinerenblanc.info/faq

Gallery:  Paris

http://paris.dinerenblanc.info/media

SHIMA-SHIMA Milano
Kyoko Tsuchihashi

Cena in Bianco

Cena in Bianco

Cena in Bianco

Cena in Bianco

2016.07.21 (thu)

SHIMA-SHIMA Origami Workshop at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

During Milan Design Week 2016, Bagatti Valsecchi Museum launched a line of SHIMA-SHIMA products made especially for the museum shop.  In addition, they had organized several events related to Japanese culture.  On April 21,  a talk by Noriko Tsuiki and Margherita Rosina, director of Fondazione Ratti, was held at the museum.

The following month, there was an origami workshop at the museum, using SHIMA-SHIMA origami papers.  In Italy, there is quite a lot of interest in origami, and the children and adults who had attended this workshop succeeded in learning several projects.  

http://museobagattivalsecchi.org/en/evento/246/origamo_workshops_for_kids_(in_italian)__may____p.m.___p.m..html

I was particularly interested to see how creative the children were, inventing frogs with 3 eyes.  Italian people like to “think outside the box”, even as young children they express their originality and whimsical ideas.

We are truly grateful for all of the opportunities that Bagatti Valsecchi has provided.

SHIMA-SHIMA Milano
Kyoko Tsuchihashi

HIMA-SHIMA Origami Workshop at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

HIMA-SHIMA Origami Workshop at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

HIMA-SHIMA Origami Workshop at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

HIMA-SHIMA Origami Workshop at Bagatti Valsecchi Museum

HIMA-SHIMA Bagatti Valsecchi Museum