Amorphous shapes, organic materials and primal techniques abound in an exhibition at 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo, dedicated to a new generation of designers that are looking to the past to find inspiration for the future.
Curated by trend forecaster Li Edelkoort, 'Post Fossil: excavating 21st century creation' brings together works by over 70 designers and architects, including Atelier Van Lieshout, Studio Job and Dick van Hoff.
Earth bound materials like minerals and alloys have been reinterpreted, as have traditional glass-making and pottery techniques. Among the 130 works are Pieke Bergmans' amoeba-like, hand-blown 'Crystal Virus' vases and Joris Laarman's skeletal 'Bone' chairs.
Edelkoort sees this excavation of the past as a backlash to pre-financial meltdown excesses. Designers are seeking to 'retrace their roots and research their history, sometimes going back to the beginning of time,' she says. The exhibition is also a collaboration with the Issey Miyake Foundation.
21_21 Design Sight
9-7-6 Akasaka Minato-ku
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