fruit & regent exhibition by hisakazu shimizu at club esta
fruit & regent exhibition by hisakazu shimizu at club esta fruit & regent exhibition by hisakazu shimizu at club esta
dec 01, 2013

fruit & regent exhibition by hisakazu shimizu at club esta

fruit & regent exhibition by hisakazu shimizu at club esta
all images © 2013 takumi ota photography




the artistic vocation of japanese designer hisakazu shimizu encompasses the examination of humble imagery and items, and their reimagination as functional pieces, products, and installations. the breadth of his work encompasses a expansive and visionary range of colorful objects and installments, striking the perfect balance of usability and beauty. fruit, animals, mushrooms, and hair are some of the pedestrian motifs and articles that shimizu transposes into domestic housewares and practical treasures, bringing ingredients of fantasy and whimsy into the traditional design context. for ‘fruit & regent’, a recent exhibit at club esta showroom, tokyo the designer showcased a range of both recent work and trademark favorites characteristic of his creative career.



installation view of ‘fruit & regent’



one such work exemplifying shimizu’s aesthetic is  featured at the exhibit’s centerpiece: ‘reclining regent’, a large-scale sculpture of an abstracted face with a pompadour hairstyle. acting as a symbol of strength and youth, the ‘regent’ motif plays heavily throughout his work, appropriated onto mirrors, as stools, and into sculptures. drawing from a previous execution ‘regent in olives’, a free standing variation, which designboom has previously covered here, the artwork serves as both a sculpture and seat.



‘sticker mirror’, 2013



‘sticker mirror’ pays homage to the now-grown children who used to façade their bedroom furniture and belongings with vibrantly colored stickers. the food-based motifs are appropriated from his lovable bad design collection — a series of which spotlighted modest, everyday items in which shimizu believes the true essence of design resides — and are plastered directly onto the surface of a wooden reflective frame.



‘mountain range table – peak of good’, 2005



‘mountain range table – peak of good’ rethinks the traditional context of ordinary tabletop. a rugged mountain range with small, imaginative creatures grazing on their peaks covers the surface.



‘chew-chew shade’, 1997 on the left beside ‘fruit table lamp’, 2011



‘chew-chew shade’ lighting fixture is a shade made from ‘chew-chew ice’ treats that shimizu often ate in his childhood. the pieces are removable and can be changed to suit a person’s color preference. in the exhibition, the design is placed beside ‘fruit table lamp’ a juicy, vivid blown glass light expressing the universal appeal of fruit. a rubber stem completes each item, all of which are set on a wooden tray.



installation view of ‘fruit & regent’



‘mound stool’ is structured as if molten metal was molded by hand, creating a piece whose shape falls between an oval and a square.the fungi-like form was arranged from one mass stacked on another followed by the incorporation traditional bronze-casting techniques passed down through the centuries for its fabrication. shimizu explains, ‘balancing one piece on top of the other gave it a shape that seemed good to use as a stool or a side table. I named it ‘mound stool’ because of its stacked shape.’



hisakazu shimizu seated on ‘reclining regent’



    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    art news

    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    502,548 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample