EXPLORING THE PACIFIC: The fourth installment of The Exchange at IDS Vancouver will bring you to Tokyo! An enigmatic city, Tokyo’s design scene is a mixture of ancient and modern, liberal and conservative, east and west influences. Curated by Design Milk, the Tokyo Exchange will bring together works by innovative Tokyo-based design studios – we+ and Design for Industry. The installation will be designed by Vancouver-based FSOARK Architect Inc.
we+ is a Toky-based contemporary design studio established in 2013 by Toshiya Hayashi and Hokuto Ando. The duo specialize in developing experimental approach to products, installations and graphics by combining unconventional materials and technology to shift perspectives. Their works are represented by Gallery S. Bensimon in Paris and Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milano. They have also been commissioned by a variety of partners, including SONY, Marimekko, Isetan Mitsukoshi Department Store, Finnair and Mori Art Museum.
Featured Collections: Drift, Drought, and Disguise
Drift is a clock that expresses nothing stays the same through the use of shadows passing across sand.
Disguise is a flower vase with unique textures created by molding multiple layers of wax in a rotary motion. Subtle vibrations create ripples in the water, reflected by the light.
Drought is a chair born of aridity and time. Created from a mixture of wax and super absorbent resin, the unique shapes form in original molds as the mixture dries.
Design for Industry is a Tokyo-based design firm founded by Daisuke Kitagawa. Always thinking about newness, beauty, and comfortable use, Daisuke Kitagawa create objects with meticulous attention to details, in close collaboration with the people who conceive, make, and sell them.
Nod: While this light seems simple upon first glance, it has the special feature of a slit in the shade. The angle of the shade can be freely changed from top to bottom, resulting in the ability to direct light in any direction, 360 degrees.
Floe: This center table is built on a reflective stainless steel base, and has a tabletop that can be rearranged with the use of two plates of colored glass. While retaining the conventional top surface, the layout can be freely rearranged, depending on needs, to have different levels and to have space beneath the top surface, which wasn’t possible before. Arranging the colored glass in different ways can also affect great change on the appearance. Like ice floating in the ocean, the combination of colored glass and mirrored base, which reflects space, creates a light feeling that doesn’t weigh down the room, but is richly expressive, lending your living room a new sense of ease and usefulness.
Supple: these bags are made from veneer bonded with natural leather. Bonding with natural leather made the normally brittle veneer amazingly pliable, even allowing it to be sewn. Using the graceful form of dyed birdseye maple veneer as the main material, a range of clutch bags that can also be used as shoulder bags were born. The distinct appearance, texture, and taste of these bags bring the new possibilities of material application to life.
The Tokyo Exchange feature at IDS Vancouver 2017 will be designed by FSOARK Architect Inc. Led by architect and product designer Imu Chan, FSOARK is a Vancouver-based architecture practice where design is driven by intent rather than formalistic exposition. Through projects spanning a broad range of scales and mediums, the practice explores the essential, emotional and humanistic qualities of space, which often demand cross-disciplinary examination but focused execution.