Melbourne now was an exhibition held in Melbourne showcasing what’s current in architecture, fashion, performing arts, the arts and design.
Some images from the exhibition that where reflective or reminded me of the asian design landscape. Some ideas are more abstract than the rest…
This black cat reminded me of the Japanese Maneki-neko cat which is usually made from ceramics and is said to bring the owner good luck. This black cat which was positioned between two floors via staircase felt like it could have been there for good or bad luck depending on how you percieve black cats, which are typically a symbol for bad luck in western culture.
Jarrod Lims, ‘Koi Chair’ was showcased in Melbourne Now. ‘Koi’ is a Japanese word that means ‘Carp’ which is a colourful domestic fish that comes in a variety of different colours. They are typically found in traditional Japanese gardens and can be quite big in size. The rounded pattern found through Jarrod Lims chair reminds me of the scales of a fish. I can clearly see the connections to the Koi fish in this chair through the size of the patterns and the rounded shape of the chair.
Jarrod Lims, ‘rocking chair’ is made from soft sheep wool and a wooden structure. It made me realise that potentially rocking chairs could be made for adults too! I could picture it in a Japanese ski lodge as it has a cute look to it and also a luxurious warm feel.
Lauren Berkowitz is an artists practicing in Melbourne. Her installation ‘Physic Garden’ is a sensory experience with plants that are for medicinal needs, some are also edible. Culturally the western world is reliant on pharmacies and doctors for most treatments. I’m reminded of chinese medicines that use plants and herbs to treat the sick. Perhaps there is more that can be learnt from Asian medical culture, instead of relying on pharmaceutical companies.
Melbourne Now presented a Design Wall with 40 design projects by 21 Melbourne design design studios. I found that when designs were displayed on a giant wall like this it reminds me of the manufacturing processes that play a big part in the design and production of these objects. I wonder if designers will continue to get there designs made in Australia or look to Asia like so many others for cheaper manufacturing processes.