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Monocircus is a design atelier and an online store run by Kazunori Takeishi and Shing Ee, Lim. Based on the key concept of seeking a lifestyle enriched by Art and Design, Monocircus aims at developing various forms of products within the paradigm of lifestyle design, without being constrained by scale, ranging from accessories and small items to be worn, to furniture, public art, interior and architecture design.
Kazunori Takeishi (1979), graduated from the deparment of architecture at the Tokyo University of the Arts, studied architecture at the Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan (USA). Upon graduation, he worked as an assistant tutor in Tokyo University of Arts, followed by design work in architecture firms. During his years as an architecture undergraduate, he had been very interested in architectural design processes, which led him to practise computational design and eventually to 3D printing product design. Shing Ee, Lim (1976), is a Singaporean artist, graduated from LASALLE College of the Arts in Singapore and Musashino Art University (Tokyo) with a major in painting, with a portfolio that ranges from paintings, drawings to sculptures, installations and public art.
Since the founding of Monocircus, 3D printing technology was particularly made a focal point for its possibility of realizing complex designs and forms that were not possible to be realized by hand. To date, Monocircus has created a multitude of fashion accessories with the concept of “Wearable Art” objects and since its establishment in 2011, Monocircus has been featured in local and foreign media, has participated in numerous market events held in major departmental stores and exposition events and has been featured and sold in art museum shops in Japan as well as overseas.