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AXIS vol.191

February 2018
Cover Illustration: Janusz Jurek
Feature
Feature

Fashion updates itself through technology

Leading-edge technology accelerates evolution in making things. A wave of advanced technology is spreading rapidly in the world of fashion. The sudden encounter of the two domains of technology and fashion not only urges reforms in creations and business styles, it also poses new questions regarding the acts of "wearing fashions and dressing up." How will the world of fashion evolve from here on as it incorporates the great surge of digital clothes? In this issue we close in on that future.

Leaders
Leaders

Sputniko! [Artist]

In autumn 2017, Sputniko! left MIT Media Lab where she worked for four years and assumed the post of Project Associate Professor at RCA-IIS Design Lab, Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo. What kind of future is projected in the eyes of Sputniko! who has diverse perspectives? Her next move is being awaited with great expectation not only in the fields of research and academics, but also in the worlds of business, administration, and politics.

Insight
Insight

Pursuing light that suddenly arises from nowhere
—Lighting Designer Shozo Toyohisa

There is a lighting designer who is particular about depicting light just as a painter uses a brush. His name is Shozo Toyohisa who beautifully highlights the subjects in an array of venues from the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art with its modern expression of light to the Nezu Museum with its Japanese interpretation of light. He aims to achieve light that does not make its presence felt despite its existence.

Insight
Insight

The initiatives of Dutch innovator Daan Roosegaarde
—Creating future scenes and landscapes for a better world

Daan Roosegaarde is an artist and innovator who in recent years has created new scenes and landscapes—such as installing giant air-cleansing towers in the city—and has garnered attention for illuminated highways and bicycle paths. In autumn 2017 Roosegaarde unveiled a project that generates electricity using kites. We visited him at his studio, called Dream Factory, in Rotterdam.

Insight
Insight

"An ideal form of the future" conceived by in-house designers

A team called Future Life Factory mainly comprises young in-house designers from Appliances Company, which is the home appliance division at Panasonic. The team that practices new design methods and a new organizational form at is trying to bring changes in design in the colossal organization of Panasonic by proposing new relationships between daily living and technology.