Internationally renowned trend-forecaster and curator Lidewij Edelkoort returns to Design Museum Holon in July 2014 with the new exhibitionGATHERING: From Domestic Craft to Contemporary Process.In a world first, GATHERING will feature a survey of the ground-breaking 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE collection by the legendary Japanese designer and his Reality Lab.
Works will also be presented by more than 70 contemporary designers from around the world including, Dror Benshetrit, Tord Boontje, Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec, Kiki van Eijk, Frederik Färg, Richard Hutton, Arik Levy, Bertjan Pot, Raw Edges, Inga Sempé, Fredrikson Stallard, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders and Tokujin Yoshioka.
Disdain for a boring global market coupled with a fear of the virtualisation of society has inspired designers to create work that is linked to the humanisation of the making process and the contextualisation of a more responsible lifestyle. Craft has therefore become one of the major movements of our time and can be understood as the repetition of skills that belong to our common past, exuding a sense of belonging and continuity.In this exhibition, Edelkoort and her co-curator Philip Fimmano, bring together contemporary design themes that reflect traditional domestic crafts in an attempt to remain connected to authenticity: pleating, draping, layering, ribboning, smocking, wrapping, folding, needlework, felting, quilting and baking. However, the designers in GATHERING apply new technologies and techniques to completely transform their actions. Their interventions celebrate the possibilities that lie in front of us, ever more creative than in the recent past. These designers use threedimensional craftsmanship which reinvigorates design, lending body and beauty to archetypical chairs or giving form and volume to lighting structures.