Award winning architect Akihisa Hirata’s solo exhibition “Tangling” is now on at The Architecture Foundation in London (until November 17th). A social order which is premised on the independence of the individual and whose primary pursuit is the maximization of individual freedom must change in light of the simple reality that the individual is part of a ‘tangled order.’ And the same can probably also be said of rationality in architecture. – Akihisa Hirata
Japanese product designer Kouichi Okamoto is having his first solo exhibition at Pola Museum Annex in Tokyo, Japan. The exhibition includes his past work as well as his most recent work “Musical Table”, which is connected to 500 musical boxes, and it makes random sound by responding to the movements of visitors. The exhibition goes on until June 3rd. Handmade chair using aluminum lines. Automatically poured into the glass. The fluid shape looks like knocked over paint spill.
Here are some images from Canon’s annual art installation “NEOREAL” at Milano Salone del Mobile 2012. This year Canon has collaborated with architect Ryuji Nakamura. More information: http://www.canon.com/milano2012/
Japanese architect Akihisa Hirata has created installations titled “Photosynthesis” for Panasonic at Milano Salone del Mobile 2012. Here are the videos from the exhibition.
The design studio Nendo (Tokyo based) is proving that functional design works perfectly when displayed as artwork. By using light as a counterpart, the objects in the spaces of Carpenters Workshop Gallery in Paris creates an atmospheric, visual experience. Among the objects shown in the exhibition Static Bubbles are innerblow glass tables, farming-net objects, and acrylic bookshelves. What connects these objects of different materials is a “lightness of being”, with a resistance to gravity in their appearance. At the same time, their functional purpose becomes evident for the visitor. Nendo / Static Bubbles, until 3 March 2012, Carpenters Workshop Gallery Paris, 54 Rue de la Verrerie, www.carpentersworkshopgallery.com, www.nendo.jp
Japanese product designer/interior architect Tokujin Yoshioka received “now! design à vivre 2012 CREATOR OF THE YEAR” at Maison et Objet, which was held until January 24th, and he exhibited his work titled “Crystalized Project”. Here are some images from the exhibition. Via excite/ism.
An annual design event “DesignTide Tokyo” took place between 29th of October – 3rd of November. Here are the highlights of the event.
“Merci“, one of the best known lifestyle stores in Paris, started a Japanese design exhibition titled “Sugao” at its shop located on 111 boulevard beaumarchais in Paris. Merci is known for promoting products that are for everyday use, and these Japanese products exhibited at “Sugao” emphasize the store’s concept.
Artist Kenji Yanobe’s exhibition titile “Atom suit project: the antennas of the earth” started at Yamamotogendai, art gallary in Shirogane, Tokyo. It is an art installation in which radioactive materials in the air are visualized. The dolls dressed in the “atom suit” catches radioactive materials, and there is a life-size doll of the artist himself standing in the center of the installalation. “Atom suit” is a special suit which protects our body from radio active materials. Another project, which shows Yanobe’s visit to Chernobyl in 1997 will also be exhibited. Gallery Yamamoto Gendai 3-1-15-3F Shirogane, Minato-ku, Tokyo 03-6383-0626 via: excite/ism
Award winning package designs from “Japan Package Design Awards 2011” have been exhibited at Matsuya, a department store in Ginza, Tokyo. The grand prix has been awarded to “Zenkashoin”, a pastry store in Kyoto. Package designs of “Zenkashoin” Package designs for chewing gums “Fit’s” received “Silver Award” Package design for Elecom’s headphones also received “Silver Award”