Friday, May 01, 2009


Triennale Design Museum – Senseware Exhibition. Japan’s artificial fibers are a new Senseware. In the stoneage, stone tools triggered human creativity. Similarly, the medium of paper, particularly in combination with printing technology, made a massive body of knowledge available, stimulating further creative desire. Imagine how the new artificial fibers that have evolved through the application of high technology will spur humans to a new wave of creation. Some of these fibers are as fine as individual cells, some are more pliant than rubber, and some are electrically conductive like metals. The exhibition Senseware at the Triennale Design Museum is an attempt to visualize some of the domains that can open up. Ideas were sought from architects, designers of all elks, automobile and electrical appliance manufacturers, media artists, and even a flower artist. “The exhibition represents an intersection of technology, materials, and talent, all oriented towards future manufacturing. Many senses will be stimulated here, but I very much hope that one thing every viewer will sense is a very real excitement for the future.” Explains the exhibition director, Kenya Hara, photographed above.

Senseware Exhibition –Kosuke Tsumura – Cocoon Cradle Mother Piece. Point of Design: “I was introduced to Felibendy as a fluffy cloud-like material that could be processed into blanket-like fiber tuned to a variety of different thicknesses and hardnesses. That encounter inspired two stories. First a shape like a cradle, with a depression in the center where a baby could be placed. Around it, I envisaged ivy-like reliefs to signify celebration of the child’s birth. The extra fabric on the outside can be used to cover the baby, or it perhaps rocks the cradle.”

“The second
idea was of round pieces of fabric that could be linked together as desired. I used pieces to create clothing in the image of a mother. Some of the same pieces can be joined together to make cocoon cradle – a metaphor for the way that DNA provides a link from the past to the future.” Explains the fashion designer, Kosuke Tsumura of his installation called Cocoon Cradle Mother Piece in the Senseware exhibition at the Triennale Design Museum.
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