This exhibition proposes a world of light essentials with its different facets in each space.
Light can be calm, contemplative, and relaxing, but also healing, revitalizing, and vibrating.
It could be monotonous, mysterious, crazy, even, social, fun, or glamorous. Like a person could be.
Light is a real creator of space and its character.
Thanks to innovative technology, we can finally enjoy an exciting diversity of artificial light in a friendly and personalized way in any space.
Various expressions of light could be the language to narrate a story.
Welcome to the light journey!
Space 1: “LIGHT GARDEN”
Layers of light, reliefs made of shadows, the symbolic sun and moon… The facade will catch your eye from the very first glance. Our logo represents the moon and the sun—the essential light sources for human beings. Mysteriously shining textiles inspired by a butterfly’s scales reflect the latest LED beams along the façade.
One half of the booth is used as an open space for communication, where the creators and collaborators meet up with visitors.
Spectacular MIXALI light objects designed by Motoko Ishii & Akari-Lisa Ishii create a major eye-catching scene on the front wall and offer a meditative moment with their fairy breath.
All furniture was designed especially for this occasion: a reception counter covered with metallic treasury plates and brand new flexible solar panels; garden furniture made with noble marble-like solar panels ; light partitions with an aquatic spirit as homage to “the International Year of Water”; LED floor stands associated with a meeting table set that offers circadian rhythm control; artistic TV frames; and precious light sculptures brought from Motoko Ishii’s private gallery in Tokyo….
Ecology is not always just switching off the light and reducing energy consumption. Recyclable energy can be produced locally and beautifully thanks to artistic integration of solar panels into the decor.
Space 2: “ORIGIN OF LIGHTING DESIGN”
Going through an intentionally tiny space before starting the luminous experience is an authentic spatial planning method coming from the tea ceremony tradition. Here, only one replica of the Edison light bulb is hung from the ceiling to remind us of the simple and primitive starting point of lighting design. Projections on the wall slowly change in intensity, obliging visitors to make a physical effort to read something and to remember that, “Without light, we see nothing!”
Space 3: “LIGHT OVER TIME”
Self-introduction of Motoko Ishii & Akari-Lisa Ishii through video art composed of their representative lighting design works and Japan’s art treasures onto surrounding walls. Insertion of traditional art pieces signifies the cultural birth of their creativity in light and shadow. A refreshing aroma developed with the keywords, “solution for the future” brings visitors to the journey of light over space-time.
Space 4: “WHITE MADE OF COLORS”
This is principally a show of color-shadows. The primary colors of light, red, green, and blue—rather than the red, yellow, and blue of painting—are projected onto specially designed sculptures and, thanks to a special color changing program using the latest LED projectors, the shadows are not black. The performance demonstrates that the mixing of the 3 colors makes white light. The “quality of white” is also a major subject in lighting design. Light is a form of alchemy.
Unique seats inspired by the leopard’s ergonomics will welcome visitors to contemplate the dynamic and magical light and sound spectacle.
Space 5: “DI-FUSION”
A series of artistic partition panels specially designed for this room using OLED technology—the most innovative light source existing today—transforms the room into a light labyrinth. Softly diffused lateral lights, instead of conventional strong directional zenithal lights from the ceiling, create a completely “never-before-seen” lighting ambiance and a sense of floating emotion.
Space 6: “LIGHTS OVER THE GLOBE”
The sensational chandelier presented is a unique piece of art. It offers six breathtaking interactive lighting scenarios inspired by natural phenomena from the earth’s six climate zones.
Six senses are healed, stimulated and satisfied in this space. True joy is brought to visitors by the cutting-edge chandelier, original healing sounds, the special fragrance created for this installation based on aroma theory developed by a leading Japanese cosmetics company, the sweets provided by the Imperial Japanese confectionery combined with prune liquor produced by the collaboration of Japanese and French expertise, and the amazing relaxing chairs helping visitors reach a dreamy feeling. Here the vision is not a solo player but an orchestra of the five senses.
Space 7: “LIGHT SWEETS”
Tasting preparation and distribution area. Video presentation of the designers’ light art installations in Paris and Berlin