from now through october 1, 2017, naoto fukasawa is presenting his first solo exhibition in japan. hosted at the panasonic shiodome museum in tokyo, ‘AMBIENT’ spotlights the multifaceted designer’s lifestyle items for some of the world’s most significant brands, including alessi, MUJI, and maruni. fukasawa’s wide ranging sphere of products ranges from precision instruments to home appliances and furniture, with every object embodying the philosophy ‘without thought’ — the idea that design should be influenced by the unconscious actions of people.

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
the exhibition marks fukasawa’s first solo show in japan
photo by mikawa camera

 

 

exhibited objects on display at the panasonic shiodome museum include award-winning products designed by fukasawa over the course of his career. chairs, home appliances, household equipment, and other lifestyle items are on view, allowing visitors to experience and engage with the unique atmosphere created by fukasawa’s products, and obtain a deeper understanding of his design philosophy in the process.

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
‘AMBIENT’ spotlights the designer’s lifestyle items developed for the home
photo by mikawa camera

 

 

the title of the exhibition ‘AMBIENT’ is a reference to both environment and atmosphere. for fukasawa, an object is shaped by the content in which it is placed, in turn, implying that this is the form the environment requires. by simply using an object in its intended environment, a person transforms the ambience of that environment into what fukasawa calls ‘a positive atmosphere.’ the act of using a lamp, coffee maker, or bowl designed by fukasawa is, for example, the act of designing the ambience of one’s own environment. 

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
objects embody the philosophy ‘without thought’
image © designboom

 

 

through the creative presentation and spatial configuration of the museum displays, the exhibition seeks to reproduce the ‘positive atmosphere’ fukasawa has been known to achieve through design.

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
the exhibited objects highlight fukasawa’s idea that design should be influenced by people’s unconscious actions
image © designboom

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
pieces include award-winning products designed by fukasawa over the course of his career
image © designboom

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
chairs, home appliances, household equipment, and other lifestyle items are on view
image © designboom

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
visitors to experience and engage with the unique atmosphere created by fukasawa’s products
image © designboom

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
the exhibition seeks to reproduce a ‘positive atmosphere’
image © designboom

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
the title of the exhibition ‘AMBIENT’ is a reference to both environment and atmosphere
image © designboom

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
for fukasawa, an object is shaped by the content in which it is placed
image © designboom

naoto fukasawa panasonic shiodome museum
the exhibition is on view from now through october 1, 2017
photo by mikawa camera

 

 

 

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