The exhibit―titled “Touch”―places a focus on “The Feel of Glass,” which is inspired by the human sense of touch.
For the third consecutive year, AGC Asahi Glass (AGC) is delighted to be exhibiting at Milan Design Week, one of the world’s largest design festivals held in Italy every April. The exhibit―titled “Touch”―places a focus on “The Feel of Glass,” which is inspired by the human sense of touch. The collaboration between AGC’s glass processing technologies and the innovative ideas of its creative partners will completely overturn the conventional image of glass.
As exemplified by smartphones and tablet PCs, an increasing variety of glass used in everyday life is now becoming something that people “touch” to do things. AGC is developing a wide range of technologies to respond to such market needs. At Milan Design Week 2017, AGC views glass as an object that is designed for people to “touch” instead of its conventional uses for partitioning, protecting, and decorating. AGC’s glass installation will stimulate the curiosity of visitors and make them feel like “touching” the works and experiencing the diverse range of textures and feel of glass.
AGC is a world leader in architectural glass, automotive glass and display glass. At Milan Design Week, we hope that our glass installation will propose new uses and possibilities for glass and stimulate the imagination and inspiration of designers in the fields of architecture, interior design, product design and spatial presentation.
Jin Kuramoto was born in 1976 on Awaji Island in Hyogo Prefecture. After graduating from the Kanazawa College of Art in 1999, he worked at a home electronics manufacturing company and then moved on to establish JIN KURAMOTO STUDIO in 2008. He has been involved in the design of a diverse range of different product types, encompassing everything from furniture and home electronics to eyewear and automobiles.
In all of these works, Kuramoto strives to achieve design that conveys the true essence of the object or item in question through clear, form-based expression. Kuramoto also has experience in design-related consulting for corporations, members of local industries and other such clients, and he provides all-encompassing development support ranging from product planning and design development to structural design and tooling development.
JIN KURAMOTO STUDIO is active both in Japan and abroad: major clients include Offecct, Arflex Japan, Honda, Nikon, MEETEE and Smaller Objects. Awards received by Kuramoto include the iF Design Award, Red Dot Design Award and Good Design Award, among others.
Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay founded the design studio Raw-Edges after graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2007. The duo has been involved with design work for and collaborations with major international companies , including Louis Vuitton, Stella McCartney, Airbnb, Moroso, Cappellini, Kvadrat, Mutina, Golran and Caesarstone as well as The Vitra Design Museum.
Colors, patternmaking and movement are some of the primary factors behind their design approach, as is curiosity—as their official description puts it, “The studio became...a place where they could embark on a continuous journey of discovery, turning the world upside down and inside out, cracking things open and studying their structure, always striving for surprise, wonder, humour” Through their work, they seek out new discoveries, manipulating the things around them to find new and fascinating things.
Following their work, the studio awarded Designers of the Future by Design Miami/ Basel, Elle Deco international Edida Award, Wallpaper Design Award, iF Design Award, Red Dot Design Award and other prestigious awards for their work. They have also been nominated several times for the Designs of the Year Award at the London Design Museum.