The winter interior design fairs are off and running. Maison et Objet will be closing out January, and February will usher in Ambiente – the renowned winter design fair and consumer goods show produced by Messe Frankfurt. This year, Ambiente has teamed with Japan as its partner country. The selection of Japan as the first non-European partner country signals, in my opinion, an interesting marriage of cultures with respect to design tradition. I’m fascinated by the nearly simultaneous convergence and divergence of Asian and European design history. And, to some degree, it isn’t a particularly novel concept. As long as man has traveled the world discovering new lands and learning of new cultures and subsequently bringing back memories of places visited along with objects of interest back home – they also brought back with them, either consciously or subconsciously, design influences.
Ambiente 2014, will be an exciting confluence of European and Asian design, and will definitely leave a lasting impression on fair attendees. Starting with the dynamic and colorful Japan exhibit booth presentation (shown above) designed by internationally renowned and multi-award winning designer and architect, Yukio Hashimoto. Mr. Hashimoto, was commissioned to design both the Japan Style pavilion at the 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo as well as the 2014 Ambiente Partner Country exhibition space. His desire to show the world another side of Japanese culture, craftsmanship and tradition inspired him to design and create this burst of colorful construction. He shares his inspiration for this unexpected design, “ Japan often bares an image of a rather static culture such as ‘wabi’, ‘sabi’ and ‘ZEN’, but I would like to express the active and entertaining aspect.” And, that he has.
I was honored to have been invited to the Interior Lifestyle Tokyo design fair last June, and I can honestly report that seeing Mr. Hashimoto’s artful expression distilled through interior design inspired a moment of marvel. His work is captivating from all profiles, but none more so, than viewing the Japan Style Pavilion from above. Below are two of his renderings, and are followed by photographs I took while at the Tokyo design fair. From the renderings and photographs you can see the design DNA that is evident in the final rendering, illustrated above, for the Japan exhibition space at Ambiente.
Japan Pavilion 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
Design Fair Dates: 2014 Ambiente will take place in Frankfurt, Germany from February 7th through February 11th.