November 2010

Exploring the theme of the fragility of life, Japanese designer Nao Tamura will create a site-specific installation in the Lab’s front windows in which a translucent nest of filaments supports a display of Seasons, her silicone leaves, which can be used in a variety of ways, including to serve food and to wrap small objects.

Emerging from the creative communities of both Tokyo and New York City, Nao Tamura approaches her work with a boundless sensibility. Tamura’s designs appeal to the emotions and refuse categorization, always evolving from her highly tuned aesthetic and sensitivity to nature and its temporal qualities. She has collaboratively worked with Issey Miyake, Nike, Aprica and KDDI among other companies. Formerly a designer with Smart Design, Tamura currently runs her own studio, nownao inc.

She is the recipient of numerous awards including Honorable Mention in I.D. Magazine’s Annual Design Review, Gold and Silver International Design Excellence Awards from Business-Week in Packaging and Graphic Design and Digital Media Interface, a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum, and most recently, she garnered the top Salone Satellite Award at Milan’s 2010 Salone Internazionale del Mobile.