L’ob­jet: In­ter­stel­lar

Tech­nol­ogy sent us to the moon and back — but only the power of pure imag­i­na­tion can give us ac­cess to mil­lions of dif­fer­ent pos­si­bil­i­ties.

L'officiel Singapore - - Contents - BY ALLYSHA NILA

When the ob­jects we use ev­ery day and the sur­round­ings we live in have be­come in them­selves a work of art, then we shall be able to say that we have achieved a bal­anced life.” Bruno Mu­nari, De­sign as Art (1971)

The Ja­panese craft of origami reimag­ines a sin­gle sheet of pa­per in count­less ways as a plethora of dif­fer­ent shapes. It ex­ploits the pri­mor­dial, uniquely hu­man abil­ity to imag­ine one thing as some­thing else. If even a bird can see a twig be­ing re­pur­posed as a com­po­nent of a nest, surely we can vi­su­alise it as a piece of fur­ni­ture, fuel for fire, dec­o­ra­tion and, of course, pa­per. But in a world that con­stantly churns out the new, what does it mean to be imag­i­na­tive?

Over the past 45 years, Issey Miyake has be­come syn­ony­mous with in­no­va­tion. Some in­ven­tions, we're fa­mil­iar with: rev­o­lu­tion­ary pleat­ing tech­niques gave birth to Pleats Please, a line that sup­pos­edly com­pli­ments ev­ery body type. Their A-POC line sim­i­larly holds the phi­los­o­phy that a sin­gle piece of cloth can be fully utilised and sen­si­tive to the body, and de­crease wastage as a re­sult. Even their cam­paigns were one of the first to en­cour­age race equal­ity in fash­ion. In a nut­shell, the de­sign house is fu­elled by ra­zor­sharp vi­sion.

Thus it's only ap­pro­pri­ate to se­lect this star­shaped tote as this month's ob­ject – a sym­bol of mankind's quest to reinvent. In­spired by the work of com­puter en­gi­neer Jun Mi­tani, the de­vel­op­ers of Issey Miyake's Re­al­ity Lab de­signed spe­cial com­puter soft­ware for the cre­ation of 132.5 Issey Miyake. The num­bers are sig­nif­i­cant: one item, a three-di­men­sional form that is de­rived from two-di­men­sional shapes, which, the brand de­clares, pro­pels the de­sign into the fifth di­men­sion when it is car­ried.

With­out a doubt, Issey Miyake has plot­ted a thought-pro­vok­ing map of shapes. The ce­les­tial 132.5 might not solve life's ex­is­ten­tial­ist co­nun­drums, but it sure is a tes­ta­ment to how tech­nol­ogy can lead to new, ex­cit­ing pos­si­bil­i­ties.

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