“Zen aims to teach one how to live, so it has no form.” -Masuno
Friedman Benda returns to Design Miami with a presentation using a Zen rock garden (karesansui) as a curatorial premise. Devised from the traditional conceit that one cannot view the garden from a single position, the exhibition allows the viewer to experience the landscape from different vantage points.
Highlighting the breadth of each designers’ expression, this presentation juxtaposes core elements of a Japanese garden, such as rock (ishi), water (mizu), timber (mokuzai) with industrial materials steel (hagane) and glass (garasu). Balancing transparency and spatial void (ku) with volumetric, organic forms, the exhibition reimagines this age-old Zen practice in the ephemeral setting of a contemporary design fair.
Designers on view include: Byung Hoon Choi, Faye Toogood, Joris Laarman, Florian Idenburg (SO - IL), Najla El Zein and Calico Wallpaper.