My Highlights from Design Miami/ 2013
The Danish designer Rasmus Fenhann created his origami-inspired “Hikari Contrahedron» in 2015 for the exhibition « Learning From Japan » in Designmuseum Denmark, who bought the prototype for their permanent collection. The pendant is a geometrical polyhedron made of paper-thin elm veneer and Japanese paper. By combining computer technologies with exquisite hand craftsmanship, Fenhann transforms complex geometrical principles into stunning sculptural forms. The first Hikari lamps were made in 2004, and the following year Designmuseum Denmark opened a solo exhibition with these works entitled Aero. Hikari means light in Japanese and to a certain degree Fenhann’s work represents the aristocratic quality of delicate handmade cabinetmaking expressed by the Japanese term Sashimono (指物). His work is guided by the same principles of simplicity, repetition and respect for wood as a living material. His painstakingly precise treatment of wood surfaces, ending up in a velvet-like, soft finish and with invisible joints, is the result of an extraordinary effort, which is both mental and physical. It is exquisite craftsmanship, close to the obsessive. Hikari Contrahedron is edited by Galerie Maria Wettergren in a limited edition of 8 pieces and 2 prototypes.
Dutch, b. 1972