A NEW HORIZON – A showcase of Contemporary Design from East Asia –
Last year, Asia Creative Relation held a talk session on “Contributing to the World through Creativity,” with the conviction that the creation of a new platform to make a difference in the world is essential. Further expanding the ideas and connections developed in the previous event, this year, we welcome Suzy Anneta as guest curator and space designer Kentaro Ishida for our special exhibit,A NEW HORIZON―A showcase of contemporary design from East Asia.
Showcasing contemporary works by designers originating from across East Asia — Japan, South Korea, Mainland China and Taiwan — A New Horizon looks at future trends in design and contemporary lifestyles. Curator Suzy Annetta has divided the works into four categories that represent the potentiality of our future lifestyles — the what, how and why of objects we choose to live with. These chapters, entitled Biomorphism, Upcycled, New Belle Epoque and Future Traditions, naturally revealed themselves during the curatorial process, implying that these themes were present in existing works, not externally imposed. Given that these works represent self-driven fields of inquiry, the viewer is given an opportunity to gain insight into the current mindset, philosophical approach and practice of these leading designers.
Chapter 1. Biomorphism
Dongwook Choi(South Korea)
The word ‘Biomorphism’ refers to abstract forms or images that evoke naturally occurring forms such as plants, organisms and body parts. This group showcases work that relates to these natural forms in a contemporary way, and is suitable for contemporary or future living spaces.
These works are made or assembled using recycled materials, offcuts or leftovers (such as recycled or discarded plastic, construction, post-consumer or agricultural waste). As we move into the future, the growing scarcity of natural resources will only become more urgent; these works may point a way forward.
The Belle Epoque, situated between wars and other hardships, was a period of economic prosperity, an era of cultural and artistic exuberance, and a time of excess and hedonism. This is somewhat mirrored in our politically unstable post-pandemic world, in which people crave enjoyment and fulfilment.
With continuing rapid globalisation, we are seeing skills for the creation of fine art and craft being lost. But designers in North Asia are playing a key role in saving and preserving traditional skills, techniques and materials, and by doing so are playing a role in keeping that cultural history alive for subsequent generations.
Suzy is a design editor and curator and a recognised authority on design in Asia. She has judged design awards, advised on selection panels, served on advisory committees, hosted and participated in interviews and panel discussions at events, live television and podcasts, and has authored, edited and contributed to books on design.
A NEW HORIZON Space Design
Kentaro Ishida studied architecture at the Architectural Association School of Architecture in London. He collaborated with Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron from 2004-2012. During his collaboration with HdM he was leading series of international projects as an Associate including Perez Art Museum Miami, Triangle in Paris, and Cultural Complex Luz in Sao Paulo. He established his architectural studio KIAS, Kentaro Ishida Architects Studio in 2012. Alongside his architectural practice he is currently teaching architecture at Tokyo Institute of Technology as Associate Professor since 2016.
WORLD Kita-Aoyama Bldg.
In 1959, WORLD was founded as wholesaler of women knit sweaters.
Our company name WORLD means "Somedays fly over the World". Currently we have 62 brands and over 2,200 shops in Japan in apparel and lifestyle.
By expanding the business filelds, WORLD reinforces "Platform Business", "Digital Buisiness" and going beyond the traditional "Brand Business",
as a fashion enterprise, we deliver a new value by utilize our cultivated know-how.
As a landmark of fashion company, Kita-Aoyama WORLD Building hosts a varirty of events, creates a culture of communication,shares information that connects and empowers people together.
Asian countries including Japan have produced a diverse range of world-class design,including traditional culture, crafts, technology-based products, and architecture. How can we collaborate and contribute to the world through creativity? Join Suzy Annetta,
who is well-versed in the design industry in Asia, and a group of internationally minded creators for a thought-provoking talk on the revitalization of the creative industry. Join usfor this one-night-only talk session, ASIA CREATIVE RELATION TALK, held as part of