365 – Charming Everyday Things
Architect: DGT - DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE / ARCHITECTS , Paris
Location: Paris, France / Aomori, Tokyo, Kanazawa, Japan
Commission Type: Public
Client: The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry / IFS, Tokyo
Cost : 30,000 euro
Program: Exhibition design
We are beings who exist through habit. Every day we go through the same routine, e.g. brush our teeth with our toothbrush, put on our shoes, write on a substrate and live our lives through an array of objects that may be overlooked but serve a tremendous purpose in our lives. The exhibition ''365- Charming Everyday Things'' by Parisian architecture firm, DGT (DORELL.GHOTMEH.TANE / ARCHITECTS), is a project introducing 365 Japanese daily items which are to be displayed and sold in Paris.
Located in an original metal factory built in the 19th century, DGT has designed an unusual landscape of floating white plates displaying each object. The collection itself conveys the feel of warm hands that have crafted and produced these items. Each object is a connection to wisdom, skill and the aesthetic sense of the Japanese whilst being of practical use in everyday life. This exhibition is a celebration of our lives and the things we use in it.
The symmetrical distance of each object give equal importance to each and every item displayed, maintaining a balance within the entire set and thereby preventing viewers to isolate one from another. Separated into 3 levels, the exhibition is composed of a visual display on the basement where you can experience the Daily Calendar with light only. The top level contains a shop of everyday things and the ground level, showcases the plated landscape. 365 is exhibiting in and around Japan, at the A-factory in Aomori, Tokyo Station, Pola Gallery in Ginza, the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa and is planned to produce a variety of different experiences in each specific place the exhibition showcases.
In seeing objects in this way, we are not only reminded of our own habits, but delicately introduced to new objects that we had never considered using before.