LA architecture office INABA and NYC graphic designers MTWTF have shared with us their design for the information center for Little Tokyo Design Week: Future City. The festival, which opens this Thursday, July 14, celebrates the intersection of Japanese design and technology with experimental architecture in Southern California. The event in Los Angeles’ Little Tokyo will feature exhibitions, panel discussions, and other public activities that explore future approaches to urbanism.
The information center displays a video that introduces the festival and which features participating designers and scholars. The exterior of INABA and MTWTF’s project borrows graphic elements of the LTDW theme logo to create a new font. The word ‘info’ is spelled out and repeated as a black and white pattern on three sides. Along the two long interior walls letters of the info font are scaled up into a large graphic that appears to change in form and color as the visitor moves through the space.
The information center is located in the Japanese American National Museum Plaza at 1st Street and Central Avenue and is open now through July 17, 2011.
8 ft H x 8 ft W x 16 ft L
Plywood, gypsum board, corrugated plastic panels, four‐color print on vinyl, adhesive vinyl, and fluorescent lighting applied to a PODS shipping container.
Jeffrey Inaba, Principal, INABA
Glen Cummings, Principal, MTWTF
Yasmeen Khan, Simon Battisti, Ben Konen, Aaron Baseman
© INABA 2011, All Rights Reserved
The pictures here are of the information center on display at the AM2 anime convention held in Southern California July 2‐3. Photos by Brandon Shigeta