Delicate or Infinitesimal


SUBTLE Exhibition at Japan House London


SUBTLE: Delicate or Infinitesimal is the ultimate exploration of Japanese minimalism and the delicate art of paper; it intends to reawaken our sense to the limitless possibilities of what can be done with fine paper.

The exhibition presents works designed and crafted by creators living and working in Japan from diverse disciplines across art, animation, architecture, fashion, graphic design and literature. These unique creations explore a fascination with paper, highlighting the individual choices of material and the diversity of textures, colours, techniques and applications specific to their creative practice.

The exhibition originates from the 47th Takeo Paper Show, Japan’s only paper industry show, which has been held since 1965. It is known for working with top creators to take up the challenge of bringing out new potential from paper. Many of the innovative creations on display serve to highlight this delicate craft in a modern and contemporary light.

Curated and directed by Hara Kenya, Chief Creative Director for the global Japan House project, the SUBTLE exhibition explores the influence of Japanese minimalism, inviting visitors to observe each innovative artwork up close and in minute detail.


Takeo Co., Ltd.

Takeo is a Tokyo-based specialty paper company built on the foundation of paper, design and technology, determined to build a new paper culture and marketplace by collaborating with creators from various disciplinary fields. Since its inception in 1899, the company has shaped its own history as a specialty paper company.

From the 1950s, based on collaboration between paper manufacturers and designers, Takeo Co., Ltd., has initiated research, development, and sales of fine paper, high-grade specialty printing paper with an emphasis on texture and colour, creating many original products. Basing their work on the origins of paper, Takeo has continued to take up the challenge of creating new markets, while meeting the need for diversification and sophistication in their offerings.

In collaboration with Takeo Co., Ltd.

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