Satoshi Yoshiizumi On Incorporating Nature Into the Artificial: Takt Project @Milan Design Week


With their first solo exhibition at Milan Design Week, the Tokyo design studio presents ‘Glow-Grow’. Resin is shapeless matter, but thanks to LED light it solidifies into unpredictable natural shapes; the LED light changes its glows as these ice pillars look-alike grow.

The artificial operation, according to Takt founder Satoshi Yoshiizumi, is not a way to imitate nature, but rather the integration of man-made and natural through -what we think is – a mesmerising process. Whoever comes and sees this installation is left dazed and pleasantly confuses in a space that is neither artificial or natural.

We spoke to Satoshi Yoshiizumi to find out more about it.

Can you tell us more about the theme of your exhibition at Milan Design week 2019? 

A designing process of artificial and natural integration that incorporates the principle of nature into artificial operation. It is not an imitation of nature.

In relation to the type of venue and district you are exhibiting at, Ventura Centrale, can you describe how your design project is connected with the location?

The space of Ventura Centrale was originally an underpass, but after many years, it has also become somewhat of a natural environment. We think this kind of space is incredibly well suited to exhibiting this project. In addition, we believe it is highly compatible with Ventura Project, who actively participate in experimenting with new ideas. During Milan Design Week 2019, our project will change Ventura Centrale into a completely new space, which is neither purely natural nor purely artificial. 

How can the resin model itself and how did you come up with this idea?

By dripping a type of resin which hardens when exposed to a specific wavelength included among the wavelengths emitted by white LED lights directly onto these white LEDs, the resin solidifies. While being pulled down by gravity, the resin hardens in accordance with the shape of the LED, developing into forms which resemble icicles or a limestone cavern. 

As the LEDs are controlled by programming and the use of stronger light leads to stronger growth, this not only uses the principles of nature but also incorporates artificial design. 

Things designed by people become artificial objects which abide by the intentions of people, and cities are environments surrounded by artificial objects. However, people need natural environments.

This idea began with the desire to design something that was neither natural nor artificial, but existed in the space between the two. 

Making predictions: what to you think will be the main keywords for this Milan Design week 2019? Which direction is design headed to?

We think that “the relationship between nature and technology” will be an important keyword. The future of design will not just be an imitation of and revival of nature, nor will it simply push forward with technology. Instead, it will ask, “What kind of new world can we design while making the most of the advantages of both?”

Glow-Grow is on show at Ventura Centrale, in via Ferranti Aporti 9 during Milan Design Week 2019.