exhibition: 03
Metamorphosis by modern alchemists
「現代の錬金術師たちが見せる世界の変容」25 October – 2 November, 2014
CIBONE, Aoyama, TokyoA new installation sits at CIBONE store and showroom, in central Tokyo, Aoyama.

Simply genius: thinking for the future. 
Curator Kanae Hasegawa has curated a stellar group of global designers for
Cibone’s “Metamorphosis by Modern Alchemists” exhibition currently shown in their Aoyama store.

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The Obsidian Project:Revaluation (2014, Studio Drift) 

Currently ‘Exhibition 3′ highlights two global designers Studio Drift and Formafantasma,
with a contemporary yet sustainable view incorporated into their designs.

Both aim to find potential in things that have never been regarded as viable material. For instance, they transmute lava into glass,
flour into tableware, shellac into vases, and waste into mirrors, as if they were modern-day alchemists.

We have consistently been amazed by the work Amsterdam-based duo Studio Drift, Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta,
who we also featured in Champ Issue #8.
And, see an insight into their Amsterdam studio, in a visit shot by Marcus Koppen on Champ Online.
Or on Design Miami’s Design Log, as part of our ongoing media partnership with them, here.

Accompanying the works of Studio Drift, is Formafantasma.
The Italian, Amsterdam-based design duo Andrea and Simone’s work reflect an insightful experiment with local culture and materials,
and the difference between local and traditional works.

Additional project text below in Japanese, from CIBONE.

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Fragile Future (2012, Studio Drift)

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Studio Drift Designer Ralph Nauta, standing beside Fragile Future (2012, Studio Drift)

The Obsidian Project:Revaluation (2014, Studio Drift)


Synthetic Obsidian comes from an ingenious process of waste managementin which the conditions of a volcano are imitated in an industrialoven, recycling difficult chemical waste. Studio Drift is keen toemphasize almost alchemical, ‘something from nothing’ characteristicof synthetic obsidian and to highlight a dialogue about the ethicalresponsibility of creating solutions for worldwide problems.


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The Obsidian Project:Revaluation (2014, Studio Drift) 

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Craftica (2012, Formafantasma)


Craftica is a series of work exploring leather craft in conversationwith other hand-worked, natural materials. Leather as a material hasthe ability to evoke almost ancestral memories of hunting nature toobtain food, tools and protection for the body. Formafantasma selecteda range of leathers obtained from fish and animal skins discarded bythe food industry such as salmon and trout as well as pigs, vegetalprocessed leather using natural substances from tree bark and a seriesof animal bladders investigated for their capacity to hold liquids.

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Craftica (2012, Formafantasma)

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Craftica (2012, Formafantasma)

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Craftica (2012, Formafantasma)

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Craftica (2012, Formafantasma)

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Autarchy (2010, Formafantasma)


Autarchy consist of vessels, table wares made from bio-materialcomposed of 70% flour, 20% agricultural waste, and 10% naturallimestone. The differences in the color palette are obtained by theselection of distinct vegetables, spices and roots that are dried,boiled or filtered for their natural dyes. Autarchy proposes anautonomous way of producing goods and outlines a hypothetical scenarioin which a community embraces a serene and self-imposed embargo, andwhere nature is personally cultivated, harvested and processed to feedand make tools to serve human needs.