Called ‘inaho’ (Japanese for ears of rice) this amazing group of freestanding lamps by Hideki Yoshimoto and Yoshinaka Ono for Tangent Studios has won the first global Lexus Design Award 2013 (awarded in Milan). Artificial muscle fibres within the 3mm wide elastic carbon fibre tubes are attached to Inaho’s’ root and these muscles ‘contract’ when the trigger sensors detect a person causing the ‘ears of rice’ to sway gently towards that person. This design based on the imitation of organic logic and form combined with advanced and radical technology is fascinating. The beauty of a piece like this is that we are able to forget the complicated technology and enjoy the beauty, playfulness and grace of it. For me that is great design.
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