Under The Skin

18 december 2013 / design / words asih jenie

Tokyo Design Week’s Experimental Creations saw young designers exploring fresh ideas on materials.

Organized by the International Creative Exchange Programme (ICEP) as part of Tokyo Design Week’s Ao-Fes 2013, a festival dedicated to color, finish and material, Experimental Creations is a platform to showcase young designers’ exploration of materials. The two-day event was more of a workshop than a conventional exhibition, emphasizing how the designers experiment with the materials they have developed instead of simply displaying the finished products. Here are some standout works.



Felt Metal

by 3-1 Design 



While metal is strong and highly versatile, it has always been associated with qualities like hardness, coldness and sharpness. Studio 3-1 Design has brought out the soft side of the material with Felt Metal. Much like its wool counterpart, Felt Metal is created by breaking down a solid sheet of steel into extremely fine fibers, which are then felted together into flexible ribbons that are soft to the touch.



by One Tenth



Like its namesake, this ethereal fabric is a show of light. Aurora is created by coating a fabric developed by an optical factory in Tochigi, dubbed the thinnest fabric in the world, with a metallic membrane. Designed to decorate a light fixture, Aurora’s gossamer effect is only visible when the light is on; it completely disappears when the light is off.


Re-JUTE Project

by Bounce



Advocating recycled materials, product designers Shinsuke Otani and Yuji Yoshioka of studio Bounce chose to experiment with jute and hemp fibers found in burlap sacks. Taken apart, bleached, dyed and mixed with resin adhesive, the fibers yield a unique material with organic textures that can be used to create wide range of products from tableware to birdhouses.


Chameleon Ceramic

by Ryosuke Fukusada 



Ryosuke Fukusada introduces the many textures found in daily life—bubble wrap, exposed concrete, compressed cork, polystyrene foam and even butter crackers—into ceramic. By applying these familiar textures, users are invited to more closely examine the ceramic wares, therefore making them more appreciated.

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