REDMILK MEETS DESIGN WEEK 2016 / EISUKE TACHIKAWA FOR AGC ASAHI GLASS

THE DESIGN WEEK 2016 HAS OFICIALLY BEGUN AND WE’VE MET FOR A QUICK CHAT DESIGNER EISUKE TACHIKAWA, WHO EXPLAINED US THE CREATIVE PATH THAT LED HIM TO CREATE THE SCULPTURE "AMORPHOUS" FOR AGC ASAHI GLASS, ON VIEW AT SUPERDESIGN SHOW

Which words would you use to explain your work, “Amorphous”, to a stranger?

As you see “Amorphous” is a sculpture made of glass. AGC is the world biggest glass manufactory company from Japan. And what you’re seeing now is kind blindfolds glass, the same used for smartphones like the one you have, and so with that material they wanted me to think of new ways to express glass potential. And as a designer I believe design has the chance not only to create beautiful objects but also to create new engagement among people and society. And this time I had the chance  to cooperate with a glass-scientist. We started our research from the essence of the material, “what is glass?”. And what you’re seeing now is actually the glass molecule model and its component.

So you choose to start literally from the “roots” of this material…

That’s right! If you look carefully at the hexagon shape inside of the sculpture, that’s Silica, while the grey square is Oxygen and there, in the middle of it there’s Calcium and the rectangular shape is Natrium. What we’re looking at of course it’s beautiful, but it’s not the conventional “created” beauty by a designer, It’s more like a representation of Nature’s beauty itself and glass material itself.

What you can see here is all the different chemical combinations and reaction getting together to create the “Amorphous” model.

It’s like Design meets Science…

You talked about beauty, what’s the concept of beauty to you? how would you define it?

Is the function of Nature. Our world, ourselves, and every living things, has the ability of perceiving beauty – like bugs are attracted to flowers, even them understand beauty. Every living creature has a sense of beauty. When we’re attracted to something, or we feel safe or good with it, that’s what we call “beauty”. Those kind of sensations and feelings are the essence of Nature itself.

What’s the design piece that has made you think: “I wish I would have made it first!”?

Like from a designer I respect and look to? There’s really many of them..

You know, human being keep making amazing and new discoveries… Like 600 years ago glass was invented by some designer, and since then glass is one of the materials that can show beauty to everyone still today. It’s one of the most powerful invention of all times. While researching we’ve learned how glass appeared differently in history, how it’s changed … it amazed me! For example here you have some blue LEDs… those has been invented by some Japanese who worked for a small company in Tokushima, and he won the nobel prize. Inventions and designs…. I believe there’s no boundaries between this two.

I really appreciate those who can channel creativity in something that will remain beside their name… Maybe unknown or anonymous, but their ideas and works have a timeless meaning. Such kind of creativity is inside all of ourselves, not only designer or artists.

Which words would you use to explain your work, “Amorphous”, to a stranger?

As you see “Amorphous” is a sculpture made of glass. AGC is the world biggest glass manufactory company from Japan. And what you’re seeing now is kind blindfolds glass, the same used for smartphones like the one you have, and so with that material they wanted me to think of new ways to express glass potential. And as a designer I believe design has the chance not only to create beautiful objects but also to create new engagement among people and society. And this time I had the chance  to cooperate with a glass-scientist. We started our research from the essence of the material, “what is glass?”. And what you’re seeing now is actually the glass molecule model and its component.

So you choose to start literally from the “roots” of this material…

That’s right! If you look carefully at the hexagon shape inside of the sculpture, that’s Silica, while the grey square is Oxygen and there, in the middle of it there’s Calcium and the rectangular shape is Natrium. What we’re looking at of course it’s beautiful, but it’s not the conventional “created” beauty by a designer, It’s more like a representation of Nature’s beauty itself and glass material itself.

What you can see here is all the different chemical combinations and reaction getting together to create the “Amorphous” model.

It’s like Design meets Science…

You talked about beauty, what’s the concept of beauty to you? how would you define it?

Is the function of Nature. Our world, ourselves, and every living things, has the ability of perceiving beauty – like bugs are attracted to flowers, even them understand beauty. Every living creature has a sense of beauty. When we’re attracted to something, or we feel safe or good with it, that’s what we call “beauty”. Those kind of sensations and feelings are the essence of Nature itself.

What’s the design piece that has made you think: “I wish I would have made it first!”?

Like from a designer I respect and look to? There’s really many of them..

You know, human being keep making amazing and new discoveries… Like 600 years ago glass was invented by some designer, and since then glass is one of the materials that can show beauty to everyone still today. It’s one of the most powerful invention of all times. While researching we’ve learned how glass appeared differently in history, how it’s changed … it amazed me! For example here you have some blue LEDs… those has been invented by some Japanese who worked for a small company in Tokushima, and he won the nobel prize. Inventions and designs…. I believe there’s no boundaries between this two.

I really appreciate those who can channel creativity in something that will remain beside their name… Maybe unknown or anonymous, but their ideas and works have a timeless meaning. Such kind of creativity is inside all of ourselves, not only designer or artists.