Celebrating The Future by Peter McDonald x Åbäke

Photo by Yukiko Koshima
Photo by Yukiko Koshima

Celebrating The Future is a set of Furoshiki and postcards made for dear Me, where the drawings of artist Peter McDonald were put together by the graphic designer Åbäke. It can be purchased in person at AIT related events and as part of dear Me Mobile Museum, which visits various places.  

Celebrating The Future

Peter McDonald Photo by Yukiko Koshima

This is an original product by Peter McDonald who gave us many of his drawings to be used on our website. This collaboration is with the graphic designer Åbäke, and is produced by KAMAWANU CO., Ltd, a company famous for Tenugui and Furoshiki.

Peter McDonald is an artist based in London, and has exhibited numerous times in Japan, and most recently in “Visitor”, a-year-long solo exhibition at the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, he has also completed a mural at the cafe at Miyako City Tokyo Takanawa, a new hotel in Minato-ku area.

The Furoshiki is a versatile item, which relates well with one of our concepts – ‘bringing art into everyday life’.

The product can be bought at AIT related events and will also be carried by the mobile museum made by the artist unit Kosuge 1-16. Please enjoy the product by hearing stories about it from our staff, and feel it in your hand.

For Children

This Furoshiki is made with our desire not only to be used as a practical item, but also for it to be used by children to have art close to them and to inspire them and expand their imagination. Many people with colorful heads appear in Peter’s drawings. What are they doing and where are they? Those children who write what they think in looking at the drawings and send their response to the address mentioned on the package will receive a reply from Peter.

In looking at the Furoshiki, we could think of plays, and moments of life that we’ve never seen before, and think of many stories about places such as stars somewhere out in the universe to which we have never been.

Photo by Yukiko Koshima

The drawings used for the Furoshiki have been made into four postcards which have been packaged together. You are invited to use them to write a letter to Peter, or use it against the Furoshiki like a card game.

Photo by Yukiko Koshima


KAMAWANU has a branch in Daikanyama where our office also resides, and have been doing many collaborations with creative professionals. Celebrating The Future is made with digital printing, which is rare for KAMAWANU. 

Photo by Yukiko Koshima

Produced by KAMAWANU CO., LTD, 
Material: Cotton100%
Size: 68cm×68cm
Edition: 100

  • Peter McDonald
    Peter McDonald’s paintings depict a colorful world inhabited by people engaged in everyday activities. Images of teachers, artists or hairdressers are constructed with an elementary graphic language.They have a cartoon like simplicity and waver at the point where figuration might tip at any moment into abstraction. By making use of archetypes, symbolism and our irresistible tendency to make the strange readable, this alternative world operates like a parallel universe, with a very familiar logic and practices.
  • Åbäke
    Åbäke is a transdisciplinary graphic design collective, founded in 2000 by Patrick Lacey (UK), Benjamin Reichen (FR), Kajsa Ståhl (SE) and Maki Suzuki (FR) in London, England, after meeting at the Royal College of Art. Much of their work concentrates on the social aspect of design and the strength that collaboration can bring to a project.