This exhibition introduces the project 'Carrying Research' by Mike Abelson. He explores how humans in different countries and different eras carry objects by hand or with a variety of carrying tools. The show is a selection from 8 years of personal research in photographs, drawing and 3-dimensional objects. The focus of this exhibit is on the process of thinking in design.
Organized by The Miyake Issey Foundation Curated by Noriko Kawakami
UNI, MITSUBISHI PENCIL
ALISHAN ORGANIC CENTER
YAMAGUCHI CENTER FOR ARTS AND MEDIA
We designed an original “Cargo Tote” for YCAM (Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media) for their 10th anniversary.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK
We made an original blend coffee in collaboration with Be A Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk. Beans are roasted by Voila Coffee in Kagoshima, the package is designed by Postalco. Snap Pad set includes a essay card written by Hitoshi Okamoto (Landscape Products) In convenient drip sachets for easy to brew enjoyment while on a break or to send some warmth to a friend. Available at the Kyobashi & Shibuya shops, and on the Webshop and at the Be A Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk shops beginning Friday, Dec 15th.
SEND TO YOUR FRIEND
This collaboration started with Hitoshi Okamoto wanting to send a cup of coffee by mail to a friend. The A6 size Press Board Snap Pad set is designed to fit perfectly in an envelope from the Japan Post, so you can directly mail the coffee with your message & keep in touch with friends.
BE A GOOD NEIGHBOR COFFEE KIOSK
Be A Good Neighbor Coffee Kiosk has take out coffee shops in three areas, Sendagaya, Tokyo Solamachi, and ARK Hills South Tower.
21_21 DESIGN SIGHT
I can't help but think that an octopus looks a little like a swimming hand. A human hand and an octopus are completely different but they both seem to have adopted at a similar shape. An octopus's branched shape makes it adept at squeezing in and around small spaces.
The human hand is also able to adapt to so many different shapes, blending with the many object it comes into contact with daily. We design handles to match human hands, but our hands themselves are so flexible that handles can take on many shapes.
Handle forms are solidified images of the negative space within the hand's grasp. Handles might be stick-like or ball-like. These are the shapes that our hand can create, in a way, like shadow puppets (kage-e).
The inside of our hands are soft and padded while, the outside of our hands are more bony. The softness of our palms mold to the object we want to hold. The branched shape of our fingers wrap around the handle like octopus arms around a clam.
The hand connects the tool to the body. The line where the tool ends and the body begins is blurred by the skill of our hands. Watching a tennis player, the racket is a smooth extension of the arm. It is shocking when a pro tennis player throws their racket at the end of the game; an object that has been so seamlessly blended to the body, is suddenly thrown off.
We wouldnt hold the metal end of the hammer and hit a nail with the wooden stick. There is usually a clear division between the hand side and the work side. The hand knows which side is to be grasped.
The hands are 'seeing' the various shapes. The hand touches them, gauges them, measures their size, tests for roughness or smoothness and feels the cool metal or warm wood. All the time the hand is preparing for a sensitive 'precision grip' with the fingertips, or getting ready to clamp on tight with the palm.
In this exhibit, THINKING HAND, a flat horizontal plane separates the handles from the the other part of the objects. Some of the objects are recognizable from their handles only. Some handles are only recognized after looking below the table surface.
In THINKING HAND objects are not divided by where they are usually found or by which country they were made in. They are divided by the handle shape. There are stick handles like on a broom, horizontal bar handles like on a suitcase, and the hole handles found in a bowling ball.
Separating the handle side from the tools side, my hand wanders over the handles, like an ocotpus over an ocean floor. The handles are experienced as accomplishments on their own, not just parts of another tool. A broom handle and a golf club handle so similar even though their functions are very different. Rubber stamps have the same functions but their handles can be so different. Seeing the handles separated makes me ask, why not have a rubber stamp handle on a say a coffee cup. The handles are all meant to match the same hand after all.
In English to 'get a handle' on something, means to understand it.
RENJAKU BAG is a new bag series for contemporary life that draws deeply upon the lifestyle wisdom, know-how and traditional techniques cultivated in the Tohoku region of Japan.
In Tohoku woven paper was traditionally used for carrying straps and also for sandals. Woven paper is lightweight, durable and fast-drying, making it ideal for traveling. Inspired by traditional wisdom this twisted paper technique is hand-woven to create the straps on this bag.
THE CONRAN SHOP
Postalco was invited to participate in an event called "Case Study" organized by The Conran Shop. The brief was "to make an object to hold other objects."
Handle Trashcan: Imagine if instead of getting rid of trash on trash day, extra trash was added to our home? That would be terrible. On trash day morning I usually meet my neighbors as we put out our trash to be picked up. Everyone looks a little happier than usual. Maybe it is because throwing away trash is a relief? In a tidy city like Tokyo where there are few public trash cans the trash pick-up days are important days not to miss. This wastepaper basket is made with heavy industrial grade paper board that is riveted and nailed to a wooden back board. It is just the right size to fit neatly next to a desk or in a room corner. Using the handle allows a better than usual view of the trash being emptied, making it even more satisfying to throw out our trash. It can also be used for storing magazines or tennis balls."