Through two illuminated enclosures, Japanese lighting designer Shozo Toyohisa will capture the essence of OLED lighting during an exhibition at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City.
Toyohisa brings years of lighting design to the project, held two days only on Nov. 1 and 2. Toyohisa’s award-winning career includes working for private art collections, retail locations, and museums across the world including the Tokyo National Museum, MoMA, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Dior Omotesando.
To create the light experience at the Museum of Arts and Design, Toyohisa uses inspiration from ancient Japanese culture. “Since ancient times, Japanese culture has embraced the subtle aura of light, sometimes utilizing shoji screens for a translucent effect and fusuma for spatial divisions.,” Toyohisa says. “Space and light play an intrinsic role in Japanese environments as described by Junichiro Tanizaki’s In Praise of Shadows.”
This exhibition will portray a sensibility, unique to Japanese culture, by creating lighting through the cutting-edge technology of OLED. Instead of purely functional and direct lighting, the exhibit will display indirect lighting, produced by an intricate and emotive relationship between space and light. We believe we have created a lighting environment that relates to our fundamental memory as humanity, Toyohisa says.
Toyohisa’s current OLED lighting project represents years of design development and refinement that started with his work in industrial design, where he learned the importance of materials and the user experience, says Matilda McQuaid, deputy director of curatorial and head of textiles at Cooper Hewitt.
“Toyohisa’s goal of natural and subtle light infusion using OLEDs will create new opportunities for interior illumination while also providing longevity, efficiency, and stability with this lighting system. “ McQuaid says.