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AXIS vol.193

June 2018
Cover:
Kyoto KADEN Lab. (GO ON x Panasonic Design)
Cover Photo:
Kazuhiro Kitahara
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Feature

Prospects in Craft.

Most of the items we call "crafts" are sublimations of manual skills that have been handed down from one generation to another through the long history of form and expression. Crafts that have evolved through the mutual resonance of tradition and innovation are now starting to move forward into the future while incorporating new technology and diverse ideas. Here are some insights into an ideal form of crafts focused on the future whose sense of presence is expanding as an expressive means for design and art.

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Feature 2

Data Visualization 2.0

Data visualization utilizes charts and graphs to communicate large amounts of complex information. The use and function of data visualization is showing ever greater growth with influence from other trends such as the development of open data. By converting raw information to knowledge, it reflects previously unseen relationships and provides clues to solving problems, thereby contributing to a better society. Here, we introduce the latest trends in data visualization that have entered a new stage.

Leaders
Leaders

Pierre Hermé

Owing to his innovative approach and global influence, Pierre Hermé is called at times the "Picasso of the pâtissier world." He was born into a pâtissier family that has been in the business for four generations in Alsace, started studying under Gaston Lenôtre at the young age of 14, and then opened the first PIERRE HERMÉ PARIS outlet in Japan at age 37. He opened up the conservative world of pâtisserie and pioneered a new path for the innovative and artistic Haute Pâtisserie. We had Hermé talk about his creativity that continues to demonstrate the quality of innovation even today.

Insight
Insight

A vision-driven initiative
— A cyborg concept model MELTANT-α

The first step in a cyborg project that seriously aims to build the future was announced in March this year. It is not a type of project along the model of existing design work that receives orders and produces them accordingly. It is a vision-driven project where technology, finance, and creation are integrated into one. Its driving force represents future roles of creative initiatives and design.

Insight
Insight

From the stage to concerts and art installations
Worlds depicted by UK set designer Es Devlin

Es Devlin is a unique British set designer who not only designs for stage productions including theater, dance, and opera, but also for pop, rock, and hiphop concerts, and designed the closing ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics. Devlin, who expresses her set design as "kinetic sculptures," has a deep understanding of content, and is creating works in new areas.