known for his experiments that sit at the limit of function and structure, japan-born and brooklyn-based designer takeshi miyakawa debuts in his first solo exhibition at john doe gallery. on view through may 28th, 2017, ‘think small’ brings pieces to the public in an intimate and interactive setting that allows visitors to see how the designer systematically dissembles the conventions of objects, at times displacing materials from their typical applications.

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called ‘think small’, the solo exhibition is hosted at brooklyn’s jhon doe gallery

 

 

takeshi miyakawa’s ‘small things’ at brooklyn’s john doe features works where the creative inverts preconceived notions of permanence while challenging the expectations of stability. by giving familiar functions new forms, miyakawa’s designs lead the viewer to re-calibrate relationships with the objects we use on a daily basis. with architecture present in the base of every piece, ‘think small’ gives the viewer the rare opportunity to encounter both study models and final built objects, gaining insight into miyakawa’s process and meeting the starting points of future designs.

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throughout the show, the visitor will invert their preconceived notions

 

 

binding the installation is ‘double motion’ (see more of this project on designboom here), an installation composed of 17 pieces of mirror which are suspended by metal rods in various heights. the interaction of light continually transmutes its environment through the interaction of light resulting from the moving and stationary reflective pieces. the dissonance between the movement of the sculptural artwork and its resultant light forms destabilises the viewer, as the interpenetrating rays take on an almost material presence.

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the designer achieves to give materials different meanings and forms to the ones we’re used to

takeshi miyakawa think small exhibition john doe brooklyn designboom
identifying the creative’s architectural background helps understand the work better

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visitor enjoying the ‘aluminium sheet installation’ conceived in 2017

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materials usually used in construction are reinterpreted into artwork

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the ‘double motion’ installation anchors the whole exhibition, highlighting a destabilising effect

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‘aluminium sheet installation’ in contrast with ‘plywood study (1) (2)’

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‘plywood study (1)’

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installation view

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‘chandelier #0’ (2016)

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