For Design Museum Holon, the Dutch trend-forecaster has curated an exhibition of work by Issey Miyake and 70 others that celebrates the role of craft in contemporary design
Dutch trend-forecaster Lidewij Edelkoort has co-curated an exhibition for Design Museum Holon that celebrates the role of craft in contemporary design.
The work of more than 70 designers, including Erwan and Ronan Bouroullec, Nendo, Inga Sempé, Fredrikson Stallard, Patricia Urquiola and Richard Hutton, is on display at the Ron Arad-designed building in Israel, alongside Japanese designer Issey Miyake’s 132 5. collection.
Gathering: From Domestic Craft to Contemporary Process features products that have been made by applying new technologies and techniques to traditional domestic crafts.
“We are an unstitched society suffering from a lasting socio-economic crisis that has made us ferociously protective and egocentric,” Edelkoort says. “It is time for mending and gathering, thus restoring the fabric of society: picking up the pieces and bringing them together in a patchwork of possibilities; a quilt of substance, able to absorb shock and fear.”
The exhibition is arranged by the type of craft each designer’s work represents. In the Gathering category is Elisa Strozyk’s Miss Maple pendant lamp, made of wood that has been broken down into a grid of triangles so that it is flexible.
In the same section is Julian Mayor’s General Dynamic fibreglass chair, which the designer hoped would resemble a 3D sketch: “The form gives clues, but it needs the viewer’s eyes to complete the surfaces.”
Nendo’s Cabbage chair is in the Pleating section. This chair responds to Issey Miyake’s challenge to make furniture out of the waste produced as a byproduct of making pleated fabric. Resins added during the production process strengthened the paper and the pleats make the chair comfortable and sturdy.
Displayed in the museum’s lower gallery is Miyake’s origami-inspired range of clothing. Working with computer scientists and engineers, Miyake converted mathematical algorithms into 3D models, which were then folded, cut and set to their final shape.
Gathering runs at Design Museum Holon until 25 October 2014