From the well-known techniques of Origami (paper-folding) and Kirie (paper cutting) to daily life objects as Chōchin and Noshi, paper has been a big part of Japanese art scene for many years. Hikarie in Shibuya held “Paper Movement” a collective exhibition by Japanese Paper artists and their innovative use of paper.
Here are some amazing examples of paper art being used within contemporary design.
Wind Jelly Fish – Designed x Ben Nagaoka from POINT Studio. Tiny floating jelly fish living in a corner of the gallery. The simple cuts and bright colours really make this one stand out.
CYM/Pot and CYM/Yama x UMA/Design Farm. CMY/POT is a pot cover. When you water the plant, it sucks up excess water in the saucer and creates a colourful gradation. CMY/Yama is a mountain shape artwork that works with the same method and creates a wonderful three-dimensional color graduation
Grid Insects x Switch Design
Paper Leaves + Para Para House Box + Postcards by Yasuhiro Suzuki. Delicate paper artworks for daily life
Frostray x Drill Design. This is a series of playful trays that are folded like origami paper. Rather than using paper these trays made are out of thin and opaque plastic sheets to make them even harder and let them appear like frosted glass
Paper cases “Meishibako” x Yokoyama Yuichi. Fold along the creases of the square piece of paper and create your own business card case. All the patterns are designed by manga and illustrator Yokoyama.
Cover of Mist x Jun Murakoshi. A paper cover that veils the items with a soft haze like a mist. Things left on your desk can be seen through a soft thin paper, making it look nicer and tidier.
I’d like to thank Shibuya Hikarie 8F (Cube 1, 2, 3) staff who kindly let me shoot the exhibition… ありがとうございます
Shibuya Hikarie 8F, 2-21-1 Shibuya, Tokyo. Official Website HERE. Direct access from JR Shibuya Station. This exhibition ended on October 11th, 2015
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