suppose design office: light installation for toshiba suppose design office: light installation for toshiba
apr 23, 2012

suppose design office: light installation for toshiba

the ‘passing on project’, an interactive light installation at milan design week 2012 image © designboom

in the ‘passing on project‘ installation for milan design week 2012, japanese architect makoto tanijiri of suppose design office partnered with lighting designer izumi okayasu and media producer yahoko sasao to create an interactive lighting experience in remembrance of the 2011 disasters in japan. visitors are invited to select a clear acrylic object from a pile of many pieces of different shapes and sizes, and to then enter a huge foil tent, where the ‘dock’ on which they stand is surrounded on three sides by a shallow pool of water. the instant that a participant touches his object to the surface of the water, the acrylic illuminates, glowing in his hand, because of the ways the material refracts LED lights being shone into the water.

the installation, whose concept the designers describe as ‘turn touch into delight‘ with the goal of ‘passing [something] on‘, was supported by toshiba. it is planned to tour various parts of the world, including japan.

video footage of the installation video © designboom

the installation’s designers reflect: ‘by placing acrylic in water, [people] will experience the moment that beautiful light is born, and sense the astonishment and joy of illuminating light. and the installation will constantly evolve with the participation of visitors.‘

visitors are first asked to select an acrylic object to place in the installation image © designboom

view of the installation space image © designboom

the glowing pieces placed by previous visitors become a kind of illuminate city amidst the water image © designboom

building-up process for a mock-up installation in tokyo, in preparation for the debut during milan design week

concept rendering of the installation

INFINITI digital art competition – CURVED VISIONS designboom in collaboration with INFINITI is offering an international competition asking participants to design spectacular or interactive digital artworks or performances, to be exhibited throughout europe. participation is open to applicants from every country in the world: to professionals, design-enthusiasts, and students.

registration is free and now open, through july 10th, 2012. view the call-to-entry for more details!

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