Join Masmichi Udagawa and Others at Tonight’s Inaugural ‘Product Placement’ Event


Former mediabistro instructor Julie Taraska dropped us a line about a new series of events she’s putting together called Product Placement, that will talk about all things product design and its relation to Japan. And just in time to mention it, too, as their first go of it is tonight in NY as part of the Japan C series. And if you wind up attending and think you might have something to bring to the table for the next event, Julie let us know that they’re on the hunt for product, lighting, textile, electronic, and furniture designers. If you fit the bill, contact them at Here are the details for tonight’s event:

Product Placement at Japan C

Sept. 10, 7-9 pm

Felissimo Design House, 10 W. 56th St.

Too often products are viewed as just something shiny and pretty to be consumed. There’s no discussion of the inspirations, intent, or design process behind them. Product Placement, a series of designer talks organized by journalist Julie Taraska and hauteGREEN co-producer/Design Within Reach PR manager Kimberly Oliver, aims to change that. The inaugural episode, to be held as part of Felissimo’s 11-week Japan C initiative, will concentrate on NY-based Japanese designers / local designers working with Japanese companies.

Schedule presenters include Masmichi Udagawa, a co-founder of Antenna Design and 2008 National Design Award winner; Eric Chan, principal of ECCO Design; furniture designer Jeff Miller; textile artists Atsuyo et Akiko; and multidisciplinary designer Hideaki Matsui. Kari Woldum, a buyer for DWR: Tools for Living, will also talk about her experiences sourcing goods in Japan.

To attend: RSVP to Space is limited.