Studio

Who we are

we+ is a contemporary design studio established in 2013 by Toshiya Hayashi and Hokuto Ando. Using research and experimentation, they develop new ideas and aesthetics with unique expression techniques. Their self-initiated works are represented by Gallery S. Bensimon in Paris and Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan. In addition to exhibiting their works internationally, they undertake commissioned projects for companies and other organisations, including installation, branding, product development, and graphic design. Utilizing the strengths of the each member based on their diverse backgrounds and the knowledge gained from daily research, the studio continues to grow and diversify.

リサーチと実験に立脚した独自の表現手法で、新たな視点と価値をかたちにするコンテンポラリーデザインスタジオ。林登志也と安藤北斗により2013年に設立。Gallery S. Bensimon(パリ)やRossana Orlandi(ミラノ)などのデザインギャラリーに所属。国内外での作品発表のほか、多様なバックグラウンドを持つメンバーそれぞれの強みと、日々の研究から得られた知見を生かし、インスタレーションをはじめとしたコミッションワーク、ブランディング、プロダクトやビジュアルの開発など、さまざまな企業や組織のプロジェクトを手がける。

  • Toshiya Hayashi

    林登志也

    Toshiya Hayashi

    Co-Founder, Creative Director, Designer, Copywriter

    1980年富山県生まれ。一橋大学卒業。学生時代より舞台演出に携わり、広告会社等を経て2013年we+ inc.を共同設立。自主制作作品やインスタレーションといったアート的アプローチから、ブランディングやコミュニケーション戦略まで、幅広い領域に精通し各種プロジェクトを手がける。国内外の広告賞、デザイン賞等受賞多数。法政大学デザイン工学部兼任講師(2019年〜)。縄文時代のカルチャーと警察小説をこよなく愛する。

    Born in 1980, Toyama Prefecture. Graduated from Hitotsubashi University. Engaged in stage direction since his student days and, after working in advertising, he co-founded we+ inc. in 2013. From artistic approaches like self-initiated work and installations to branding and communication strategies, he is well-versed in a wide range of fields and has handled many projects. Both his skills in advertising and design have earned him many domestic and international rewards. He is a part-time lecturer at Hosei University, Faculty of Engineering and Design (2019-). He dearly loves the Jomon Period's culture and police procedurals.

  • Hokuto Ando

    安藤北斗

    Hokuto Ando

    Co-Founder, Creative Director, Designer

    1982年山形県生まれ。武蔵野美術大学中退、Central Saint Martins(ロンドン)卒業。価値の掘り起こしと再構築に着目し、プロジェクトにおけるコンセプト開発および戦略設計、空間〜立体〜平面のディレクションおよびデザインなど、複合領域的に手がける。2013年we+ inc.共同設立。国内外のデザイン賞を多数受賞。武蔵野美術大学空間演出デザイン学科非常勤講師(2017年〜)。iF Design Award(ハノーバー)審査員。1960年代の前衛芸術のコンテキストに興味を持つ。

    Born in 1982, Yamagata Prefecture. Left Musashino Art University and graduated from Central Saint Martins in London. Focusing on digging up and rebuilding value, he works across multiple fields ranging from concept development and strategic design to spacial/product/graphic direction and design. Co-founded we+inc. in 2013. His design skills have earned him many awards, domestically and internationally. He is a part-time lecturer at Musashino Art University, teaching Scenography, Display, and Fashion Design (2017-present) and has participated as a judge in iF Design Award (Hanover). He is interested in avant-garde art from the 1960s.

  • Yang-chee

    馬喰横山陽平

    Yang-chee

    引っ越し大臣

    1990年埼玉県生まれ。武蔵野美術大学卒業。グラフィックデザインを中心に、イラストレーション、立体、空間等あらゆる分野を手がける。動きや質感、時間的変化といった"モノ"の特性を平面に活かすような横断的表現に興味を持つ。主な担当プロジェクトにMIKIMOTO、Disguise、Drought等。「師匠」「ヤーチー」「アオキッチ大統領」その他愛称多数。

    Born in 1990, Saitama Prefecture. Graduated from Musashino Art University. Mainly works on graphic design, including illustration, product design and spacial design. He is interested in cross-sectional expressions that make use of the characteristics of objects such as movement, texture and time change for graphic design. He mainly handles projects like MIKIMOTO, Disguise, and Drought. He has many nicknames like "Master", "Yang-chee" and "Predsjednik Aokić".

  • Eri Sekiguchi

    関口愛理

    Eri Sekiguchi

    Designer, Engineer

    1992年横浜市生まれ。2015年慶應SFCを卒業し、London College of CommunicationにてMA Graphic Media Designを修了。マテリアルの自然美と人工的なテクノロジーを融合させることで生まれる新しい表現を追究している。
    主な担当プロジェクトに、ISSEYMIYAKE、Peepなど。

    Born in 1992, Yokohama City. Graduated from Keio University's SFC (Shonan Fujisawa Campus) and completed her Master's degree in Graphic Media Design at London College of Communication. She is pursuing new expressions born from fusing the material's natural beauty and artificial technology. Mainly in-charge of projects like ISSEY MIYAKE and Peep.

Company Profile

Name
we+ inc.
Flotation
March2013
Location
2-35-9-313, Jingumae, Shibuya, Tokyo, 150-0001, Japan (Google Maps)
Tel / Fax
+81 3 6447 2895
Web
weplus.jp
Mail
weplus.jp

Awards

2019
  • ADC Awards / Merit
  • FRAME Awards / NOMINEES
2018
  • DSA Design Award / Silver Award
  • Dezeen Awards / Design Longlist
2017
  • ELLE DECOR Japan Young Japanese Design Talent
  • DSA Design Award / Gold Award
2014
  • DSA Design Award / Special Jury Award
  • Asia Digital Art Award / Awards for Excellence
2012
  • DSA Design Award / Honorable Mention
2011
  • Asia Digital Art Award / Finalist
2010
  • Good Design Award

Exhibitions

2018
  • Gallery Tamura Joe, Tokyo
  • TAIWAN DESIGN EXPO 2018, Taichung
  • Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan
2017
  • Art and Design dialogue with materials, Toyama
  • IDS Vancouver, Vancouver
  • Spazio Rossana Orlandi, Milan
  • Ambiente Talents, Frankfurt
  • Design New Standard, Singapore
2016
  • HIGHLIGHT, Tokyo
  • Gallery S. Bensimon, Paris
  • VENTURA LAMBRATE 2016, Milan
2015
  • Salone del Mobile 2015, Milan
  • Arts of Jomon at Spiral Garden, Tokyo
2014
  • Maison et Objet 2014, Paris
  • Salone del Mobile 2014, Milan
  • Arts of Jomon at Aomori Museum of Art, Aomori
2012
  • FLOW at OZONE, Tokyo