Milan 2019 – Japanese design studio TAKT Project has created GLOW-GROW, a mesmerising installation “unveiling a new aesthetic which is neither natural nor artificial,” says the studio’s founder Satoshi Yoshiizumi to Archipanic. Luminous resin stalactites grow hanging from a suspended strip at the center of a dark tunnel under Milan Central Station. Together they form a glowing line of light contrasting with the a rough post-industrial vault.
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At the top of each stalactite a programmed LED source glimmers in the dark. A thick resin leaking from above the LED creates a growing formation resembling ice pillars. “It is a design of a process, a function that generates new functions, rather than a design of a completed form.”
The GLOW GROW installation does not want to imitate of nature, but a process of artificial and natural integration. A new aesthetic takes shape combining natural materials – the resin – and artificial components – the LED.
The randomness, autonomy and incompleteness found in nature merge with the controlled precision of technology. “We combined the natural process that gives shape to ice pillars or limestone cave formations with the programmable performance of an artificial technology,” says Satoshi Yoshiizumi to Archipanic.
The GLOW-GROW installation – TAKT Project’s first solo exhibition – is part of the studio’s ongoing exploration into the fields of technology and design applied to Nature. “More than directly coming up with ideas from what a new technology “can do”, we think about whether there is anything that will be left behind by the creation of the new technology.”
The Flow of Time installation developed for Seiko and presented in Milan and Miami juxtaposed natural processes like ice melting or flower blooming with watchmaking crafts and technologies. The Ice Crystal project 3D printed Swarovski’s crystals to create vases and candle sticks with shapes and surface textures not achievable with traditional glass molding, blowing or cutting.
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Photos by Takumi Ota, courtesy of TAKT Project.