New exhibition by Lidewij Edelkoort featuring 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE.
July 03, 2014 – October 25, 2014
New exhibition by Lidewij Edelkoort featuring 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE. 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.
Photo: Itay Banit
Internationally renowned trend-forecaster and curator Li Edelkoort returns to Design Museum Holon with the new exhibition. In a world first, GATHERING will feature a survey of the ground-breaking 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE collection by the legendary Japanese designer.
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, renowned for her visionary eye, brings together contemporary design themes that reflect traditional domestic crafts in an attempt to remain connected to authenticity: pleating, draping, layering, ribboning, smocking, wrapping, folding, needleworking, felting, knitting, 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 three-dimensional craftsmanship, which reinvigorates design, lending body and beauty to archetypical chairs or giving form and volume to lighting structures.
Edelkoort explains the show’s context: “We are an unstitched society suffering from a lasting socio-economic crisis that has made us ferociously protective and egocentric. It is time for mending and gathering, thus restoring the fabric of society: picking up the pieces and bringing them together in a patchwork of possibilities; a quilt of substance, able to absorb shock and fear”.
Displayed in the museum’s lower gallery, the 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE collection is revolutionary in its application of pop-up methodologies and ecological awareness as well as its efforts to sustain Japanese artisanal knowledge.
Galit Gaon, Chief Curator of Design Museum Holon, comments: “GATHERING reinstitutes the economic, environmental, and social responsibilities of artisans and designers. Within this gesture, curators Li Edelkoort and Philip Fimmano expertly expand the current discourse about our future, examining the movement of contemporary design, its processing methods and the ways in which materials are used to create the new. As a museum for the 21st century, we strive to present a broad and fascinating gaze into design, spanning research processes, creative objects and theoretical issues.”
Alberto Biagetti / Aleksandra Gaca / Annika Frye / Apparatu / Ariel Zuckerman / Arik Levy / Atelier Remy & Veenhuizen / Ayala Serfaty / Bernotat&Co (Anke Bernotat & Jan Jacob Borstlap) / Bertjan Pot / Boomwehmeyer / Chak, For Innermost / Charlotte Kingsnorth / Christien Meindertsma / Christina Liljenberg Halstrom / Constance Guisset / Dirk Vander Kooij / Ditte Hammerstrom / Dror Benshetrit / D-Vision / Elisa Strozyk / Erez Nevi Pana / Farg /Farg & Blanche / Floris Wubben / Form us with love / Fredrik Farg and Emma Marga / Blanche / Fredrikson Stallard / Fuchs-Funke / Henriette w. Leth / Hermann August Weizenegger / Inga Sempé / Issey Miyake / Itay Ohaly / Jonathan Cohen and Neta Mashiah / Jorrit Taekema / Julian Mayor / Katharina Merl & Christina Lobermeyer / Kiki Van Eijk / Lanzavecchia + Wai / Louise Campbell / Maarten Schenkeveld / Marcel Wanders / Martín Azúa / Meike Harde / Mika Barr / Moorhead & Moorhead / Morten Voss / Nendo / Nicolas Le Moigne / Nir Meiri / Patricia Urquiola / Pepe Heykoop / Rami Tareef / Reut Rosenberg / Richard Hutten / Ronan Et Erwan Bouroullec / Rotem Agmon / Russell Pinch / Sofie Brunner / Studio Hu.Be / Studio Vayehi / Studio Voortman & Girod / Tal Gur / Tejo Remy / Tina Becker / Tokujin Yoshioka / Tord Boontje / Vadim Kibardin / Vivianne Kollevris / Yael Mer & Shay Alkalay (Raw Edges Design Studio) / Yvonne Fehling & Jennie Peiz
This exhibition is made possible through the kind support of Chaim Katzman, in loving memory of his late wife Dr. Shulamit Katzman.
Dr. Shulamit Katzman joined the Design Museum Holon Board of Trustees at its inception. Thanks to her unwavering passion and generous support, the museum has quickly established itself as one of the world’s most recognized museums of design and culture. Design Museum Holon is grateful to Dr. Katzman’s family and will strive to carry on her legacy of dedication, kindness, love, and generosity.