Markets in Nairobi are densely packed with used clothing from all over the world, whose colors are visible throughout the city. A sewing workshop on the side of the road repairs and alters clothes for customers and lets them try them on. The medium of used clothing enables compelling exhibitions and creativity, and forums where people come together. On the other hand, the average person buys ten kilograms of clothing items per year, and throws away nine kilograms. In Japan, where clothing has evolved into a disposable consumer culture, people could learn much from the lively scenes in Nairobi. Through the act of people bringing their personal collections of clothing and creating a public wardrobe that anyone can use, local residents can share their clothes in the same way that a library offers books to borrow. A public wardrobe that allows users to try things on and make alterations serves as an art installation that decorates the community, and as a place for people to gather.

Installation view: LIFE by MEDIA, 2013, Yamaguchi Central Shopping District, Yamaguchi, Japan | Photo by Ryohei Tomita
Workshop: CHIBIKKOBE, 2014, Design and Creative Center Kobe, Hyogo, Japan | Photo by Kyoko Otsuka
Installation view: CHIBIKKOBE, 2014, Design and Creative Center Kobe, Hyogo, Japan | Photo by Jotaro Sakashita
Installation view: Aichi Triennale, 2016, Aichi Prefectural Museum Of Art, Aichi, Japan | In collaboration with 403architecture [dajiba] | Photo by Yoshihiro Kikuyama
Pubrobe: Best Clothes | Installation view: Dress Code, 2019, Contemporary Art Museum, Kumamoto, Kumamoto, Japan | Photo by Shintaro Yamanaka (Qsyum!)
Pubrobe: 100 Years of Clothing | Installation view: Tokyo biennale, 2023, Ebihara Shoten, Tokyo, Japan | Interior design: L PACK. | Photo by Katsura Sunamori