Perceive and disclose the future innovations through the analysis of the new craftsmanship as something blurred and unexpected that becomes transparent. That was the idea behind the Lexus Design Award 2016 at FuoriSalone 2016, in the space Lexus-Torneria: the winner project, Agar Plasticity by AMAM, is the symbol of the combination between the use of new materials and a new way of approaching the object.
Anticipate the future of the mobility, this is the mission of the Japanese company Lexus. But how can we anticipate the future? That’s the question which led the multi-sensorial path created at the Lexus-Torneria space in Tortona st. in Milan during the Fuori Salone 2016. An answer that can be examined in the new trends and the new materials in use in the nowadays object design. Anticipate the futures becomes as the fish soup of the chef Yoji Tokuyoshi: a liquid where the guest finds out little by little a transparent jelly sphere, having a sweet and unexpected sensation.
The core of this path made by different installations, expositions and experiences, consisted of the 12 objects selected for the Lexus Design Award 2016. The first prize was given to Agar Plasticity by Kosuke Araki, Noriaki Maetani, Akira Muraoka: a project exploring the use of the agar, a gelatinous biological material obtained from marine algae, which, in future, could replace plastics.
Text by Gabriele Masi.
1. Agar Plasticity, AMAM. Lexus Design Award 2016’s winner.
2. Trace, Studio Ayaskan. A clock that allows to visualise the time, using UV rays and the discoloration properties of the liquid inside.
3. Bio-Vide, Takuma Yamazaki. Fallen leaves become back to life in design products such as tables or envelopes. The visualization of the designer’s concept: all things return to earth.
4. Hexagon, Chulin Yang. An umbrella that uses magnets to connect itself with other umbrellas, creating new chances of interaction between people.
5. Plants-Skin, HirotoYoshizoe. A planter that tells when the plant need to be watered, thanks to a special ink.
6. Project Play, Oliver Staiano. The first lamp of its kind realised through the creation of magnetic rubber and powered by wireless technology.
7. Resolution of sound location, Owls, Takato Sasaki e Yuki Shinohara. An headphone device composed of super directive microphones and speakers ideal for noise cities. The device is capable of determine the sound source and adjust its volume.
8. Dada, Myungsik Jang. The “anticipation” game: a natural toy that allows to find out the future and the personality of the child who play with it, analysing the way of disposing the blocks.