1% for Art EXHIBITION curated by Design Pier (I)

Design Pier proudly partners with Designart Tokyo to curate and organize the Design Week’s main event joining the 1% for Art program and presenting a diverse array of highly creative design objects by design studios from the Asia continent.

The exhibition proposes a dialogue that reflects on the changes in international design, provoked by an alternative design thinking originating in Asia. While design in Asia used to be conservative and risk-averse, the new generation has a hunger for reinventing, rediscovering, and imposing its own unique design thinking.

New Asia designers proudly embrace their traditions and boldly transform it into objects. Their works show strong marks in their respective cultures. At the same time, Western designers go beyond simple imitation, and they genuinely integrate the philosophy and the attitude of different design trends in Asia or influence a new design thinking while collaborating with Asian designers.

About the 1% for Art Exhibition, 19 artists and studios from different countries across asia will showcasing their art and design pieces, they are A SPACE, ALVIN T, APICAL REFORM, APIWAT CHITAPANYA, BINGQI LEE, COALESCE, GABRIEL TAN, H220430, HANS TAN, JARROD LIM, JATRA, KARINA SUKAR, NISSA KINZHALINA, RYAN L. FOOTE, SHIGEKI YAMAMOTO, STUDIO JUJU, TEERAPOJ TEEROPAS, TIFFANY LOY and VU HOANG ANH.

About 19 artists of their art and design

About A SPACE

ASPACE is a design & art studio based in Brooklyn NY, co-founded by Anna Aristova and Roza Gazarian in 2016. Our collaborative pieces are an attempt to bring in the timeless beauty of nature to contemporary lifestyle, whether it’s functional furniture or a decorative object. The essence of each of our creations is a sense of a vast open space, where ideas, thoughts or feelings spontaneously arise, evolve through experimentation and ultimately manifest as a functional art piece. Each object is a one-of-a-kind creation that beckons to look beyond mere form and material, and to connect to the primordial nature of the elements. Our work is a constant balance of opposites -- improvisation and thoughtful planning, intuition and knowledge, organic and geometric, timelessness and impermanence

About Collection: KOGE.

ASPACE series is inspired by Butoh dance. In KOGE series I am exploring the Butoh dancer from inside, and how the physical body, organs and blood veins, are built. Rather than particular shapes of organs, Anna Aristova and Roza Gazarian interested in the whole body system and how it’s functioning, and the connection between inner functioning and what people see in the dance performance.

The pieces are made with saturated pigmented clay mixed with stoneware. They are then partially painted with engobe and shino glazes, and then obtain natural flying ash glaze during the firing.

The sculptures were fired in a wood-firing anagama style smokeless kiln with inverted flame bouri box, called Sasukenei, which was built by master Masakazu Kusakabe in 2015.


About Collection: KOGE.

My series is inspired by Butoh dance. 

In KOGE series I am exploring the Butoh dancer from inside, and how the physical body, organs and blood veins, are built. Rather than particular shapes of organs, I am interested in the whole body system and how it’s functioning, and the connection between inner functioning and what people see in the dance performance.

The pieces are made with saturated pigmented clay mixed with stoneware. They are then partially painted with engobe and shino glazes, and then obtain natural flying ash glaze during the firing.

The sculptures were fired in a wood-firing anagama style smokeless kiln with inverted flame bouri box, called Sasukenei, which was built by master Masakazu Kusakabe in 2015.

About Alvin T

AlvinT Studio is a multidisciplinary design firm led by founder Alvin Tjitrowirjo. With expertise in Product Design, Interior Design, and Art direction. Their design brand is dedicated to reviving the Indonesian design industry and communicate Indonesia’s distinctive design character and high-quality materials and craftsmanship to both locally the rest of the world. With Indonesia enriched with a unique culture in history and art, alvinT is inspired by the traditional techniques and how inimitable innovation can be formed in the modern approach.

Angan derives - Angan derives from the Indonesian word that means wishful, the design illustrates a state of mind where thereís a tension between the hope of progress and the fear of changing. A condition that is encaged many individuals in Indonesia at the moment. This sentiment is portrayed as a shelf, forming a cage like silhouette made out of natural rattan poles with brass shelves. The cage poles made out of natural were designed to be un-even creating different size of opening. There are three levels of brass shelves in matte finish to place small objects or accessories.

Lumping - Lumping is derived from ìkuda lumpingî (ìlumpingî horse, flat horse), a traditional dance originated from Java commonly made of rattan. It is believed that the dance illustrated historical war against the Dutch colonial forces. These historical references were transformed into a modern playful outdoor furniture drawing a light and dynamic silhouette. The graphical woven texture of the body injects a dose of local flair, providing a nice contrast to its solid black or white aluminum frame.

Lumping is suitable for both indoors and outdoors. Also available in natural rattan.

Mingle - Mingle is a bench for three people. The idea behind it is that in Indonesia we need furniture that communicates what a modern contemporary Indonesia design is. This is expressed by using a local identity wrapped in an international visual language and it has a meaning to provoke dialog between its users in order to start a conversation.

Apical Reform

Founded in 2011, Apical Reform is a collaborative design studio dedicated to creating immersive experiences led by art and innovation. Led by Owner and Creative Director Amrish Patel and Design Director Darshan Soni. Our latest installations can be found in the Dubai Design District such as the My Dubai City sign, Melt, and Sonuslexica, The year of Zayed artwork and The year of tolerance artwork. We are also privileged to be working with the Ithra Museum, Saudi Arabia. We have also Ventured into Kinectic artwork with ‘Stingray’ and ‘Tornado’ in collaboration with the MB&F MAD gallery.    

Piranha - Retaining the external anatomical contours of the carnivore, its actuality is imagined as a bio-mechanical machine, transposed by a metaphorical system of gears, levers and linkages fabricated in thin sheets of mild steel. The intricate details, prominent in the layers of juxtaposed geometries, add multiple dimensions to the artwork as it reveals the hidden.

MASAYA 

MASAYA is a brass furniture brand with the fundamentals of producing artistic and unique products. All our products are inspired by nature where each one of it has its own story. We pay attention to details, striving to deliver the best and most different products in the market. 

MASAYA’s products designs stem from our everyday fundamental shapes and enhancing those simple shapes into a product that fits in every home. Like our mother brand, Asia Collection, our products are majestic, with the combination of brass, stainlesssteel, marble, and one of a kind wood. We serve modernized furnitures that fit into anyone and everyone’s lifestyles. 

Designart Tokyo 2019

Date: October 18th (Friday) - 27th (Mon)

Area: Omotesando- Gaienmae Harajuku/ Meiji-jngumae Shibuya - Ebisu Daikanyama-Nakameguro Roppongi-HIROO Shinjuku Ginza

For more information, please visit Designart Tokyo website: http://designart.jp/designarttokyo2019/

About the supporting organization

DesignSingapore Council’s (Dsg)

DesignSingapore Council’s (Dsg) vision is for Singapore to be an innovation-driven economy and a loveable city through design by 2025. As the national agency that promotes design, our mission is to develop the design sector, help Singapore use design for innovation and growth, and make life better in this UNESCO Creative City of Design. Dsg is a division of the Ministry of Communications and Information.

www.designsingapore.org

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