Born in 1925, Akio Hirata immersed himself in hat design at the age of 14. In 1962 he travelled to Paris to serve as apprentice to Jean Barthet, one of France’s most important milliners. Returning to Japan he established Haute Mode Hirata, and went on to design hats for the likes of Issey Miyake, Comme des Garçons and Yohji Yamamoto. In response to a request from Rei Kawakubo (Comme des Garçons) to design a hat that looks like “it had been left unused in someone’s dresser,” Hirata once famously created a hat adorned with crushed flowers. After over seventy years of work Akio Hirata has earned a place in the narrowest Olympus of hats designers, and now Tokyo celebrates the originality, innovation and craftsmanship of his work. The layout design of Fumihiko Maki’s Spiral Building in Tokyo is due to another great Japanese designer, Oki Sato of Nendo, which has created for the occasion, a stretch of about 3,000 white hats, suspended like a vortex at different height levels, on which Hirata ‘s creations get away for color and morphological differences. The hats are suspended from the ceiling with transparent nylon thread at different heights to evoke the impression of hats in the wind. Amasing, isn't it?
Anabelle Adie starts working as a graphic designer and illustrator for magazines and the advertising industry. At the same time collaborates on projects with decorators, creating and painting large-scale sets and installation for events. She started working with clay in the 1990's.
I would like to introduce you to amasing art of Violise Lunn. Graduates in 1995 from Danish Design School. Since 1997, Violise has run her own studio in Copenhagen, specialising in couture clothing for women. She works with a number of different materials including fur, textile and porcelain, but it is her work with paper in particular that sends my heart aflutter. She sculpts delicate silhouettes of dresses and shoes with ephemeral qualities, which appear almost untouchable.
Here’s a little description of Violise’s work from her website:
Alongside creating wearable items, Violise Lunn’s other passion is making unwearable items from the simplest textile of all: paper. Finding perfect freedom in this material through sculpting figure silhouettes, angels and her favourite theme: shoes, she allows herself to play with otherwise impossible compositions. Sheer lightness and utter fragility combined with experimental reflection about what these objects represent, amounts to such almost untouchable objects, that they have instantly become collectors items.