Organized by 21_21 Design Sight and the Issey Miyake Foundation, the “Measuring: This much, That much, How much?” exhibition will start in Tokyo, on February 20, 2015. The idea was developed in November 2014, when the members of the Exhibition Team got together to explore all kinds of “Things you can do with 10 people.” The results of these experiments are to be published on 21_21 DOCUMENTS. Among the involved designers are Koichi Suzuno (co-founder of Torafu architects and designer of the famous “air vase”) and Norihiko Terayama (who founded Studio note after graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven and training at Studio Richard Hutten). (…)
“Humankind has devised conceptual tools that make it possible to measure, convey information about, and manipulate all things in the natural environment that are difficult to manage as they are – tangible things, air, water, light, sound. Those tools are units. Designs that we encounter in our everyday lives are likewise made possible because of the existence of numerous units: meters for the length, grams for the weight, and seconds for the time and many more. They constitute communication tools that can be shared among people of cultures throughout the world. On the other hand there are unique systems of units which have been rooted to the diverse society and cultures as well.