Thursday, 3 July 2008

Wow "Tenspace" & "New Moon"

Japanese design agency Wow has some aesthetic and stunning visual work available for viewing on its site and also its YouTube link. I was first made aware of the beauty of their work by the ravishing Tenspace, (Daily Motion) or via YouTube. This is in the style of ikebana, a traditional and restrained Japanese arrangement of twigs, flowers and container that I understand differs from western arrangement of flowers by contrast with our more usual massed arrangements. It works its tasteful way through designs for numbers 0-10. There is a bonsai display for 0, koi carp swimming beneath the number 1, and the number two dissolving in water. It proceeds with calming music and sensitive arrangements. Produced using After Effects and Cinema 4D, it is a counter to the stress of everyday living; just place on your monitor and chill out. It was produced for last year’s Tokyo Design Week and I have been meaning to write about it for some time. The studio has a number of works on-line. New Moon is particularly life enhancing with a collection of exquisitely rendered and animated images, sailing ships silhouetted against the moon, feathers of a peacock, leaves, fireworks and migrating birds. It is an evocation not only of the moon but life itself as images crash down upon us in a speeding crescendo that ends in a meltingly quiet way. A quite gorgeous spectacle. The studio comprises seven gloriously talented individuals: Mamoru Kano, Kaoru Kudo, Yusuke Mizuno, Sayaka Maruyama, Shinya Kikuchi, Miki Ogata and Koji Murakami.

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