1. Original light art: Taking the beauty of natural light as the motif, we employed production technology to create an original artistic installation showing the poesy of light.
2. Fun light: The newest interactive technology, a current theme in the lighting world, is introduced. The movement of the visitor him/herself serves as the driving force from which light is born in the mysterious Becoming Light experience corner.
3. Light and nature: Proposals are offered for atypical applications of light. A new perspective and spirit is proposed to visitors such as the creators and coordinators by showing the newest products from various manufacturers selected by the designer in unusual applications.
An installation was created on the theme of nature, using light fittings inspired by new organic features such as the aurora and light reeds.
4. Technology and beauty: New technology helpful to the coordinator is introduced. We mustn’t forget that the beauty and diversity of light have evolved along with the progress of lighting technology. The newest state-of-the-art technology is introduced in this corner as a light art installation. The latest types of LEDs and techniques used for beam control are demonstrated in a beautiful, enjoyable way.
5. A small art museum: Techniques used by designers specializing in lighting used in art museums are introduced. Akari-Lisa Ishii will give a lecture on lighting know-how gained from her experience with lighting special exhibits at the National Gallery.
6. Pure light: In this installation, a thin line of pure light, currently in high vogue, is used to create a symbolic light gate enclosing the space.
7. Next generation light sources: OLEDs, said to be the successors to LEDs are used to their fullest in this Japanistic light installation. Tatami and shoji (paper screens) form the motif for this attempt at fusion-style interior design.
This exhibition proposes a world of light essentials with its different facets in each space.
Light can be calm, contemplative, and relaxing, but also healing, revitalizing, and vibrating.
It could be monotonous, mysterious, crazy, even, social, fun, or glamorous. Like a person could be.
Light is a real creator of space and its character.
Thanks to innovative technology, we can finally enjoy an exciting diversity of artificial light in a friendly and personalized way in any space.
Various expressions of light could be the language to narrate a story.
Welcome to the light journey!
Space 1: “LIGHT GARDEN”
Layers of light, reliefs made of shadows, the symbolic sun and moon… The facade will catch your eye from the very first glance. Our logo represents the moon and the sun—the essential light sources for human beings. Mysteriously shining textiles inspired by a butterfly’s scales reflect the latest LED beams along the façade.
One half of the booth is used as an open space for communication, where the creators and collaborators meet up with visitors.
Spectacular MIXALI light objects designed by Motoko Ishii & Akari-Lisa Ishii create a major eye-catching scene on the front wall and offer a meditative moment with their fairy breath.
All furniture was designed especially for this occasion: a reception counter covered with metallic treasury plates and brand new flexible solar panels; garden furniture made with noble marble-like solar panels ; light partitions with an aquatic spirit as homage to “the International Year of Water”; LED floor stands associated with a meeting table set that offers circadian rhythm control; artistic TV frames; and precious light sculptures brought from Motoko Ishii’s private gallery in Tokyo….
Ecology is not always just switching off the light and reducing energy consumption. Recyclable energy can be produced locally and beautifully thanks to artistic integration of solar panels into the decor.
Space 2: “ORIGIN OF LIGHTING DESIGN”
Going through an intentionally tiny space before starting the luminous experience is an authentic spatial planning method coming from the tea ceremony tradition. Here, only one replica of the Edison light bulb is hung from the ceiling to remind us of the simple and primitive starting point of lighting design. Projections on the wall slowly change in intensity, obliging visitors to make a physical effort to read something and to remember that, “Without light, we see nothing!”
Space 3: “LIGHT OVER TIME”
Self-introduction of Motoko Ishii & Akari-Lisa Ishii through video art composed of their representative lighting design works and Japan’s art treasures onto surrounding walls. Insertion of traditional art pieces signifies the cultural birth of their creativity in light and shadow. A refreshing aroma developed with the keywords, “solution for the future” brings visitors to the journey of light over space-time.
Space 4: “WHITE MADE OF COLORS”
This is principally a show of color-shadows. The primary colors of light, red, green, and blue—rather than the red, yellow, and blue of painting—are projected onto specially designed sculptures and, thanks to a special color changing program using the latest LED projectors, the shadows are not black. The performance demonstrates that the mixing of the 3 colors makes white light. The “quality of white” is also a major subject in lighting design. Light is a form of alchemy.
Unique seats inspired by the leopard’s ergonomics will welcome visitors to contemplate the dynamic and magical light and sound spectacle.
Space 5: “DI-FUSION”
A series of artistic partition panels specially designed for this room using OLED technology—the most innovative light source existing today—transforms the room into a light labyrinth. Softly diffused lateral lights, instead of conventional strong directional zenithal lights from the ceiling, create a completely “never-before-seen” lighting ambiance and a sense of floating emotion.
Space 6: “LIGHTS OVER THE GLOBE”
The sensational chandelier presented is a unique piece of art. It offers six breathtaking interactive lighting scenarios inspired by natural phenomena from the earth’s six climate zones.
Six senses are healed, stimulated and satisfied in this space. True joy is brought to visitors by the cutting-edge chandelier, original healing sounds, the special fragrance created for this installation based on aroma theory developed by a leading Japanese cosmetics company, the sweets provided by the Imperial Japanese confectionery combined with prune liquor produced by the collaboration of Japanese and French expertise, and the amazing relaxing chairs helping visitors reach a dreamy feeling. Here the vision is not a solo player but an orchestra of the five senses.
Space 7: “LIGHT SWEETS”
Tasting preparation and distribution area. Video presentation of the designers’ light art installations in Paris and Berlin