基礎デザイン学科

SCIENCE OF DESIGN

 

I planed a branch
Nao Hanyuda

The designer patiently and meticulously shaved the bark off the beautifully shaped branches of a tree with a knife from the stout shaft up to the fine and delicate tips. Shaving marks from the knife remain on the surface of the branches like the ends of a pencil, and these countless fine shaving marks form the value of this work. It is an artifact shaved and formed by the hand of the designer, but that it was accomplished by a natural object — the hand — elicits an intriguing feeling that nature has returned to nature.
(Supervisor: Naoto Fukasawa)

Ex-formation TOKYO
Tokyo Comon
Moeno Suzuki

The designer depicted TOKYO by contrasting Tokyo komon with Edo komon. Edo komon is a graphic pattern depicted on textile, but this is not a mere geometric repeating pattern; rather, the key to this is the skillful style portrayed and elevated in the pattern, which perhaps can be said to be a visual dexterity for abstracting everyday scenery and customs. Her focus on Tokyo komon lies here as well. Rather than designing a pattern graphically as a motif of modern Tokyo culture, I see this as the designer desiring to affirm the cultural hereditary inherited from Edo or the emotional connection, while having the contemporary “emotion” when selecting the motif and achieving this as a pattern resonate with the Edo “style”.
“Tradition” in the senses of today’s Tokyo youth is alive in the senses that portray the Wi-Fi icon, Tokyo Tower, Braille blocks and fence wire mesh as patterns. The designer is therefore able to accomplish this as beautiful patterns on furoshiki cloths.
(Supervisor: Kenya Hara)

Ex-formation TOKYO
Tokyo Camouflage
Haruka Matsubara

The designer is creating “camouflage” for Tokyo. I can’t help but laugh when I look at the movie or photos taken of the model wearing the finished camouflage outfits. Without looking carefully, I can’t discern the existence of the person wearing the camouflage. This is how well the person blends in with the urban landscape. Camouflage in battle conjures up various terrifying concepts in our minds, but her research has a uniqueness in that she has applied such concepts to a “town” at peace. It would be easy to imagine blending in somewhere like Kabuki-cho in Shinjuku, but not so much in a residential area in Setagaya. Characters painted on asphalt streets, dull gray block wall fences, blue street address signs — the designer has calmly identified the elements of the real cityscape, and purposely positioned them on the clothing. The designer has ultimately fashioned camouflage that blends in brilliantly with Setagaya.
Asakusa, Marunouchi and the other selected areas have highly distinctive scenic features, and we are encountering towns we know well from an intriguing angle. This series of clothing and photos should induce both a smile and an understanding in viewers seeing them for the first time, and subject ex-formation and understanding advance simultaneously.
(Supervisor: Kenya Hara)

Ex-formation TOKYO
TOKYO PULSATION
Zhong Xin

The designer has realistically extracted the movement of trains in the Tokyo Metropolitan Area, and with painstaking data notations, this is spectacularly visualized in this work. He examined weekday timetables for 8:00-9:00 am and 9:00-10:00 am, the peak train commuting time zones, to work out the number of trains running and their movement, and represented this as a motion graphic. This work conveys the idea that Chuo Line, Yamanote Line, Ginza Line and other rail lines that form the powerful infrastructure underpinning movement in Tokyo are indeed the beating pulse of the city. Train movement in Tokyo has an amazing complexity and precision not found in Seoul, London, Beijing, Jakarta, or New York, and it is this movement that is indeed the vitality of Tokyo. Every day more than 700,000 passengers pass through Shinjuku, apparently making Shinjuku the busiest station in the world. But this is not due to the size of Shinjuku, nor to the size of the station. Rather, it is the volume and dynamism generated by the overall fluidity of the highly complex interconnected rail network. The images are small and fine, but they accurately grasp the dynamism of this vast city.
(Supervisor: Kenya Hara)