10 DECEMBER, 2009

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EVENT INFORMATION
KU/KAN award 2009

Gwenael Nicolas has received the KU/KAN award for this year. The KU/KAN Award was established by the Kukan(space) Design Organization in 2007 and is awarded to a spatial creation integrating various design elements as a communication medium of space, and which leaves a deep impression on people as a new space contributing to urban culture. He won the prize after the judges evaluated his "Design in action" approach, as conveyed in such projects as "LIGHT-LIGHT" and "LEXUS RX MUSEUM".
Nicolas is a first foreign designer to receive the award, which in the past has been awarded to distinguished designers Takashi Sugimoto and Masaaki Hiromura.

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Gwenael Nicolas

CHAIRMAN'S COMMENT

"Design in action," an approach to design from a moving perspective, was the keyword to have selected Gwenael Nicolas as a winner. The works that excited us most during the selection were his spatial creations of the "Light-Light," and "Lexus RX Museum." Designing people's experiences. It was this design style that incited the sympathy among the selection members.
In evaluating designs, the beauty and functionality of spaces, merchandise, products and other objects are usually considered. However, the evaluating axis for this year was "the hint of the presence of humans." By placing humans in a space, the space generates the highest lift. He created sensational scenes that would be imprinted upon viewers' memories. The "Light-Light" was organized in Milan, Italy and Omotesando, Tokyo. Light particles floating in the infinite darkness, and light and shadow rhythmically going up and down created by lighted spherical bodies suspended by air pressure. Swaying shadow and light created a world on the ceiling. People in the hall were wrapped with light. They found a world that they had never seen and an experience that they had never had. This is a new type of space creation. Another work, the "Lexus RX Museum" was the spatial creation for the event series to launch the new Lexus RX model held at a few locations. Running through various rays of light emitted in a mesh-like underground passage, visitors could have a different dimensional experience that they would bring back a strong impression. It is a spatial creation to help visitors feel like they are going through a crossroad of different dimensions running through visual images, be it virtual or real. His stance to continue to materialize his experimental attempts had expanded the field of design.
By Hiroaki Yamada, chairperson, KU/KAN Award Committee

LEXUS RX MUSEUM CRYSTAL FALLS

LEXUS RX MUSEUM  CRYSTAL FALLS

LEXUS RX MUSEUM CRYSTAL TUNNEL

LEXUS RX MUSEUM  CRYSTAL TUNNEL

LIGHT-LIGHT

LIGHT-LIGHT

LIGHT-LIGHT

LIGHT-LIGHT
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