Second Nature

One of the benefits of unpacking the boxes of old books that were sent from my office at the Royal Academy is that I discover things that I had long forgotten or thought lost. One of these is the catalogue of the exhibition Second Nature held at the design gallery 21_21 Design Sight in Tokyo in 2008, which first introduced me to the possibilities and opportunities of immersive design, as later brilliantly demonstrated in Kate Goodwin’s exhibition Sensing Spaces (another exhibition catalogue which has emerged from the boxes). Second Nature was about beauty in nature and included an installation Clouds, which consisted of countless white fibres hanging from the ceiling. It was designed by Tokujin Yoshioka, whose forms cross over into fine art.


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