WIRED FROM MILLAN
Japanese top Glazing Company, AGC Asahi Glass, participate for the second time in Milan Design Week
one of the world’s largest design festivals held in Italy every April.
AGC’s Dragontrail? and other thin, chemically strengthened glass have been used mainly for the cover glass of smartphones, tablet PCs and other electric devices. The chemical strengthening treatment applied during the production process makes the glass more resistant to scratching and breakage than ordinary glass. Taking advantage of this feature, they are expanding the range of applications for this type of glass. Using such thin and strong glass at Milan Design Week, our “light, flexible and expressive” glass installation will definitely change the conventional image of glass.
AGC is a world leader in architectural glass, automotive glass and display glass.
At Milan Design Week, they hope that our glass installation using Dragontrail? will stimulate the imagination and inspiration of designers in the fields of architecture, interior design, product design and spatial presentation.
At Milan Design Week, AGC Asahi Glass present a unique installation titled “Amorphous” where you can experience the amorphous molecular structure of glass in a model one billion times its actual size. Around 5,000 pieces of thin, chemically strengthened glass developed using AGC’s cutting-edge technology are used to create the “Amorphous” installation.
Glass is a material that you come across every day. The installation reveals the incredibly rich and complex microcosm inside glass using the latest glass technology and a beautiful interplay of light. As your gaze glides over each piece of thin, chemically strengthened glass dancing in the space, you will be amazed by its rich, expressive appearance, which comes from being finished with the latest technology to create a wide range of textures. Every angle reveals a different hue, and every surface beautifully reflects the light. Though you can clearly see your own reflection in it as though looking in a mirror, you can also see through it to admire the scenery on the other side. This gigantic model of glass’s molecular structure is a showcase filled with futuristic glass technology.
Made of light, flexible, expressive glass, the “Amorphous” installation will inspires us anew and shows us the future possibilities created through a synergy between natural science and advanced technology.
NOSIGNER / Eisuke Tachikawa / Space Design
NOSIGNER is a design firm that identifies challenges in society and brings innovative solutions in return. Just as our name “NOSIGNER” stands for ‘professionals who design intangible things’, they work beyond conventional disciplines for a more holistic design. Through our works, they aim to create social innovation in various fields, including local industries, technology, education, sustainability, cultural exchange and open source design.
Founding NOSIGNER while still a student, Eisuke Tachikawa is a design strategist who pursues a multi-disciplinary approach to design. Today, he serves as CEO of NOSIGNER, and strives to produce social innovation through his activities. He has provided a wide range of innovative design encompassing science and technology, education, local industries, and more.
Eisuke’s works have been acclaimed internationally, winning numerous global awards: Design for Asia Grand Award, iF Design Award, PENTAWARDS PLATINUM, SDA Grand Award, etc. He was also appointed as the concept director for the Cool Japan Movement Promotion Council by the Japanese government.
Alongside his career as a designer, Eisuke is a passionate educator. He inspires students through his workshops on “Grammar of Design” and advice on design and innovation.
Eisuke holds a Masters degree in Architecture from Keio University Department of Science and Technology.
Izumi Okayasu / Lighting Designer
Born in Kanagawa Prefecture in 1972. After graduating from the College of Bioresource Sciences at Nihon University in 1994, Izumi worked for the Institute of Agricultural Machinery and a lighting fixture manufacturer, and established the Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Office in 2005.
Izumi undertakes both local and overseas lighting-related design work including lighting plans for architectural and commercial spaces, and lighting fixture design and installation.
Work to date has included lighting plans for Jun Aoki’s “White Church”, Toyo Ito’s “Generative Order- Toyo Ito exhibition”, Kengo Kuma’s “Asakusa Culture and Tourism Center” and Riken Yamamoto’s “Namics Techno Core” . In addition to these Izumi has also undertaken numerous installations at exhibitions such as the Milan Design theyek.
Izumi has received numerous awards including the 20th AACA Award (Japan Association of Artists Craftsmen and Architects’ Prize for Excellence) for “La Sala at the Atema Highland Resort BELNATIO/ Kashima Construction” (2010), the Milano Design Award (2012 Grand Prix) for “Panasonic Photosynthesis/ akihisa hirata architecture office” (2012).
1972: Born in Kanagawa Prefecture.
1994: Graduated from the College of Bioresource Sciences, Nihon University.
Worked for the Institute of Agricultural Machinery and ITL Corporation.
2005: Established the Izumi Okayasu Lighting Design Office.
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