nendo has designed Akihiro Yoshida's private exhibition of spatial and graphic design works. The design of the exhibition follows its theme of 'RESILIENCE,' based on the elasticity and recoil portrayed in the series of high-speed photography work capturing the aspect of water balloons at the moment of collision.
The logo was designed as though pressure applied from both ends of the text were compressing the center. Next, a paper with high elasticity was chosen for the catalog cover and forced into the case to create a perpetual state of resilience inside the case, which resulted in producing a uniquely arched spine.
The exhibited works are printed on acrylic panels and are displayed by supporting them with flexible and rebounding thin metal plates rather than by fixing them onto a surface. For works displayed on walls, a delicate balance was sought by adjusting the flex according to the weight of the pieces−using stainless steel plates 0.2 mm thick for smaller works, 0.3 mm thick for relatively larger works, and so on. Further, works placed on exhibition stands were made to hover on one side by using 0.08 mm panels, to cast shadows of water balloons and increase the sense of buoyancy.
When viewers move in front of each work, consequent vibrations and disturbances in the air make the pieces sway. The designs were produced with the aim to enhance the essence of the works.
Photography: Akihiro Yoshida