The airy, weightless, fragile work being produced by young architects such as Junya Ishigami, cutting-edge artists such as Akiko Ikeuchi or ground-breaking fashion designers such as Rei Kawakubo and Issey Miyake, is beguiling but what is exactly being produced? Air seems to be an integral part of their work. What if we say that it is the air itself that is being moulded and created? Is this a new trend emerging specifically out of Japan?
Join writer and critic Yuki Sumner as she investigates how air manifests through contemporary Japanese architecture, art and fashion.
Yuki Sumner is author of New Architecture in Japan and currently completing her Masters thesis on “Architecture of Air” at the Architectural History Department, UCL Bartlett.