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AXIS 191 – Fashion and Technology

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AXIS Magazine takes design to be a driving force behind culture, communication and business as well as form. AXIS 191 is featuring fashion in future, perspectives of Sputniko!, lighting designer Shozo Toyohisa, Dutch innovator Daan Roosegaarde, in-house designers, among others.
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AXIS 191 – Fashion updates itself through Technology | February 2018 | Cover Illustration: Janusz Jurek

AXIS 191 is featuring fashion in future, perspectives of Sputniko!, lighting designer Shozo Toyohisa, Dutch innovator Daan Roosegaarde, in-house designers, among others.

Fashion updates itself through technology
Leading-edge technology accelerates evolution in making things. A wave of advanced technology is spreading rapidly in the world of fashion. The sudden encounter of the two domains of technology and fashion not only urges reforms in creations and business styles, it also poses new questions regarding the acts of “wearing fashions and dressing up.” How will the world of fashion evolve from here on as it incorporates the great surge of digital clothes? In AXIS 191 we close in on that future.

Sputniko! [Artist]
In autumn 2017, Sputniko! left MIT Media Lab where she worked for four years and assumed the post of Project Associate Professor at RCA-IIS Design Lab, Institute of Industrial Science (IIS), the University of Tokyo. What kind of future is projected in the eyes of Sputniko! who has diverse perspectives? Her next move is being awaited with great expectation not only in the fields of research and academics, but also in the worlds of business, administration, and politics.

Pursuing light that suddenly arises from nowhere — Lighting Designer Shozo Toyohisa
There is a lighting designer who is particular about depicting light just as a painter uses a brush. His name is Shozo Toyohisa who beautifully highlights the subjects in an array of venues from the Hara Museum of Contemporary Art with its modern expression of light to the Nezu Museum with its Japanese interpretation of light. He aims to achieve light that does not make its presence felt despite its existence.

The initiatives of Dutch innovator Daan Roosegaarde — Creating future scenes and landscapes for a better world
Daan Roosegaarde is an artist and innovator who in recent years has created new scenes and landscapes—such as installing giant air-cleansing towers in the city—and has garnered attention for illuminated highways and bicycle paths. In autumn 2017 Roosegaarde unveiled a project that generates electricity using kites. We visited him at his studio, called Dream Factory, in Rotterdam.

“An ideal form of the future” conceived by in-house designers
A team called Future Life Factory mainly comprises young in-house designers from Appliances Company, which is the home appliance division at Panasonic. The team that practices new design methods and a new organizational form at is trying to bring changes in design in the colossal organization of Panasonic by proposing new relationships between daily living and technology.

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