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Paris | The wonder 500 Japanese objects

Place: Paris, Country: France
The wonder 500
Temporary exhibition at
"Les Docks - Cité de la Mode et du Design"
Organiser: Japanese Ministry of Economy
exhibition design: ARCHIEE
Text by Inexhibit
Photos by Takeshi Miyamoto
Images and drawings by Archiee

“The wonder 500 ” exhibition at “Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design” for the Paris Design Week / 2015.

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The exhibition, part of the program of the Paris Design Week 2015, is a spin-off  of an event called “The wonder 500” devised by the Japanese Ministry of Economy to promote products “made in Japan” worldwide.

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The exhibition design, by Archiee, was inspired by the aesthetics of late-Renaissance “wunderkammers” (cabinet of curiosities), rooms filled with exotic and precious objects.
Thus, the display cabinets were conceived to create the illusion of a never-ending multiplication of the objects inside. This effect is obtained by using a light-emitting base and three glass panels with different levels of reflection, one 100% reflecting, one semi-reflecting, and one fully transparent.

THE WONDER 500-ARCHIEE-DRAWINGS

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Along with the exposed artifacts, the exhibition also provides a comparison between French and Japanese culture, adopting the metaphor of a sport match.
Indeed, each of the 6 display cases is divided into two sectors (symbolically separated by a net resembling a ping-pong one) which contain Japanese objects selected by 12 acclaimed professionals – chefs, novelists, designers, journalists, illustrators, artistic directors – six French and six Japanese,  thus revealing their different cultural approach.

Objects were chosen by:

Amélie Nothomb and Ryoko Sekiguchi / Writers
Florent Chavouet and Hirohiko Araki / Illustrators
Frédérique Morrel and Ken Okuyama / Designers
Pierre Gagnaire and Atsushi Tanaka / Chef
Natacha Polony and Eriko Nakamura / journalists
Sarah Andelman from “collette” and Shinichiro Ogata from “simplicity” / Artistic Directors

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Organiser: Japanese ministry of Economy

Producer: Revamp corporation
Ei publishing Co.,Ltd Id10 japan corporation; Maison wa

Exhibition Design: ARCHIEE / Yusuke Kinoshita and Daisuke Sekine, www.archiee.com

Photos: Takeshi Miyamoto

Images and drawings: courtesy of Archiee
Cover image: courtesy of Les Docks, Paris.


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