A fragment of tree trunk conserved in the earth for a million years; abstract photography of the dissected layers of a quarry; ceramic spheres from a factory; and a mound of raw clay. These are some of the items showcased in a new exhibition, ‘Archeology of Mino, in collaboration with Studio Mumbai’, which casts a contemporary light on one of Japan’s most treasured materials: clay. Curated by Swiss designer David Glaettli (creative director of Karimoku New Standard and Tajimi Custom Tiles) and Indian architect Bijoy Jain of Studio Mumbai, the exhibition, showing at 441 in Tokyo, taps into the creative potential and ‘brutal beauty’ of soil from the Mino region of Gifu Prefecture, famed for a rich ceramics heritage meandering back 1,300 years.
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BEST CAFE SEATING
Connie-Connie café at Copenhagen Contemporary, by Tableau and Ari Prasetya
BEST ART DESTINATION
Hauser & Wirth, Menorca
JUDGES' AWARDS 2022: AND THE WINNERS ARE. . .
Our highest honours span six special categories, adjudicated by this mighty jury. Meet the judges and winners on the following pages, and see full profiles and shortlists on Wallpaper.com
BEST CELESTIAL GLOW
‘Moonsetter’ floor lamp, by Anne Boysen, for Louis Poulsen
BEST FACE MASK
PuriCare Wearable Air Purifier, by LG
BEST FLUID FORMS
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Dinner set, by Hussein Chalayan, for Karaca
BEST ROCKET LAUNCH
Rocket Factory, by Tom Sachs
IWA sake brewery, Japan, by Kengo Kuma & Associates
Digs & Discoveries
Roman marble cutters, anglo-saxon giant, neanderthal hearing… and much more
“Finger Printing” Turquoise
Answering the Question of Provenance
Who Is Afraid Of Scientific Temper?
The stories are very powerful. Over a period of time they gain a lot of traction. The places mentioned in the stories appear to be real and people attach a lot of meaning to them out of reverence. The symbols and signs used in the stories become core elements of propaganda. Soon it becomes a machinery that establishes a structure and with a body of evidence that is highly questionable. Not many try to challenge this because of its threatening stature. Who would dare to ask if the birthplace of Jesus or Ram exactly as it is claimed? Leave alone the historical, and archeological evidence that could support it.
मिली दारा शिकोह की कब्र
औरंगजेब ने अपने जिस भाई का सिर कलम करवाया था, दिल्ली के एक नगर निगम इंजीनियर ने उसकी कब्र तलाशी, इसकी तलाश सदियों से थी
POLITICAL SHADOWS AMONG DIMINISHING ARTIFACTS
The temple authorities affirm that they would not accept anything less than the original 72-acre plot of land said to be the property of the temple