Synthetic senses

A new exhibition in Israel explores the design possibilities and applications for Japanese synthetic fibres.

Senseware, an exhibition showcasing the advances in Japanese synthetic fibre technology is on at the Design Museum Holon, just outside Tel Aviv in Israel, until 4 September 2010.

Each of the 17 exhibition participants, ranging in design fields from architecture to interiors and furniture design, were paired with a leading Japanese fabric and textile manufacturer to create a unique design that would highlight the potential application of Japan’s artificial fibres.

The designers at Senseware include Kengo Kuma, Ross Lovegrove, Antonio Citterio and Shigeru Ban.

The exhibition is a showcase of the advances in synthetic fibre technology, and an exploration and illustration of the creativity of participation design. Visitors to the museum will be encouraged to experience the various aspects that form part of the design process: "The opportunity to observe the creation of a new material enables visitors to examine the relevance of design today," the museum believes.

Senseware was curated by Japanese graphic designer Kenya Hara who believes the exhibition is looking to the question of “what kind of desire will Japan’s ever more sophisticated chemical fibres awake in people as a new mode of Senseware”.

An exciting design development for the Middle East, Design Museum Holon was inaugurated in January 2010 as a project by Ron Arad Architects. The museum is part of a regeneration initiative which aims to transform the city of Holon into a centre for design.

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