December 2014

Luminaire’s commitment to promoting good design and education continues with its curated exhibition DESIGNJAPAN during Art Basel and Design Miami/ week. Blurring the boundaries between art and design, DESIGNJAPAN exhibits works by three Japanese designers, Tokujin Yoshioka, Nendo and Naoto Fukasawa, who create enduring objects that balance an intrinsic sense of Japanese culture while remaining outwardly globally-ambiguous. Though each designer has his own unique approach and vocabulary, DESIGNJAPAN invites guests to interact and explore how place, technology and material inform these designers.

Within the exhibit, the viewer is able to witness each of the three designers’ ability to reduce objects to their most essential elements. Though pure in form, materiality adds richness to each product. From the sculptural forms of Yoshioka’s Brook Ottoman for Moroso, designed especially for Issey Miyake, and the shimmering Prism collection for Glas Italia, to the pureness of expression in Nendo’s Softer Than Steel collection for Desalto, the Zabuton for Moroso and the brushstroke consoles for Glas Italia, to Fukasawa’s approachable softness in the Common Bench system for Viccarbe, each designer’s understanding of the world around them is on view.

Harnessing its materials, whether natural or synthetic, Japanese design is characterized for capitalizing on the material while at the same time combining respect for tradition with forward thinking experimentation. DESIGNJAPAN starts December 2 and continues through December 6, with an opening reception taking place Thursday, Dec 4 at 7:00 PM at Luminaire Lab.


Opening Reception
Thursday, December 4 at 7 PM
Luminaire Lab
3901 NE 2nd Ave
Miami Design District