'Senseware' exhibition travels to Holon's design museum

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The newly opened Holon Design Museum in Israel has announced its second exhibition: Senseware, featuring works of Shigeru Ban, Ross Lovegrove, Gwenaël Nicholas and Kengo Kuma, a display which proved very popular during last year's Triennale in Milan.

Senseware's concept is to pair designers with Japan's leading synthetic fabric and textile manufacturers to create pieces which demonstrate the materials' potential applications. Exhibitors were selected from the fields of architecture, interior design, product design and fashion.

Galit Gaon, the museum's creative director, explained: "The exhibition is shaped by a unique collaboration between the curator, participating designers and new materials, giving rise to the creation of a ‘new artificial nature,'" and she added that the objects have "human and emotional qualities and have been created to communicate with users in an unprecedented manner."

French architect Gwenaël Nicholas's Mist Bench, for instance, was woven from the optical fibre ESKA, which responds to a visitor's movement by glowing. Other objects on display include Japanese architect Shigeru Ban's ultra-light chairs made from carbon fiber or British industrial designer Ross Lovegrove's organic backpacks, called Seeds of Love, made from so-called Triaxial Woven Fabric (T.W.F), enabling "dynamic surface changes."

Senseware - on show from June 25 to September 4 - is part of the Tokyo Fiber series of exhibitions, which was launched three years ago to present the potential power of Japan's fiber industry.