Where form meets function

Figurine artist Kazumi Akao and set designer Nobuhiko Yoshimitsu make Gumi Chan, a set of handmade figurines depicting the suburban modern jazz era of 1960s Japan. Akao chose the ’60s because of the decade’s particularly optimistic sensibility, trying to bring hope back to Japan where people are still affected by the 2011 natural disaster. Inspired by her dream of a better life, Paul Smith offered to exhibit Gumi Chan at his storefront in London. See the pieces on view now until February 27 at 9 Albemarle Street.

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