METAMORPHOSIS by MODERN ALCHEMISTS

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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)

現代の技術ではリサイクルがきわめて難しい廃棄物を新たな素材に変容させることに挑戦します。使われなくなった電子機器は精錬と呼ばれる1000℃以上の高温処理によってレアメタルなどの貴重な金属を取り除きますが、最終的にスラグと呼ばれるタール状の残りかすが残ってしまいます。この廃棄物処理の工程は火山噴火から溶岩(Obsidian)ができる現象と似ています。1000℃の焼却炉は活火山。タール状の残りかすは溶岩。この見立てから「廃棄する」という概念を180度変えて「素材」としての新たな価値を見出そうというプロジェクトが始まりました。「埋める」以外の廃棄物の処理方法を探る挑戦は現在進行中。

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)

魚の皮、動物の皮革を植物性なめしで処理してつくったスツール、テーブルウェア。ドキッとするような素材の使い方ですが、人類はその誕生以来、体を保護したり、食糧を獲るために生き物の皮を使ってきたことを考えると、理にかなった使用法と言えます。牛や豚の腸でできた水入れも、ふだん食している腸詰めのことを考えると納得できるでしょう。

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)

ボールとベースからなる「Autarchy」(2010)の素材は小麦粉。小麦7割に農業廃棄物2割、ライムストーン1割をまぜて低温で焼いた土に還るテーブルウェアです。野菜、香辛料から抽出した染料で色を付けています。自給自足の質素な暮らしの中、生活道具も農作物の副産物を利用して作るという循環型コミュニティーをイメージして、古くから伝わるものづくりを基に現代におけるサステイナブルなものづくりを探る試み。

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.