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Published: September 15 2010

Issey Miyake + Reality Lab Project Team
"132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE" clothing
Photo: Hiroshi Iwasaki , courtesy of 21_21 DESIGN SIGHT

21_21 DESIGN SIGHT, as a venue to consider roles of design in the society, hold Special Exhibition "REALITY LAB," from November 16 to December 26, Issey Miyake as the exhibition director. According to Issey Miyake, the job of a designer consists of "a continual search for means by which to turn ideas into reality for those who can use them- in other words, a 'REALITY LAB'." Using this concept as a starting point, the exhibition's goal is to challenge, explore and celebrate the infinite "possibilities of creation."

The Japanese art of manufacturing, or of making things, is renowned worldwide for its precision. It is the fruit of an application of knowledge and experience, combined with handwork and an aesthetic consciousness. At present, however, the manufacturing industry in Japan is facing increasingly grave issues: the loss of talented workers, poor production, and shrinking resources due to the global environmental crisis. How can design provide a solution to these problems?

Issey Miyake has a long-standing history of forging relationships with and encouraging production and plants all over Japan. As a result, he has been able to work in tandem with many of these companies to experiment with new processes and technologies that have always resulted in the new and exciting products that his followers have come to expect. The exhibition will introduce the works by designers, artists, scientists, and companies who came together in the process of his research. Our goal is to provide an opportunity to reflect together upon the nature and possibilities of design that are revealed within the process of creation.

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Opened dates: November 16 - December 26, 2010

Last Updated on November 16 2010

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