"POST FOSSIL: excavating 21st century creation"


POST FOSSIL: excavating 21st century creation

Under the direction of Li Edelkoort, a world leading trend forecaster who figures out the transition in values and aesthetics by carefully observing and analyzing the society and economy. Heading towards a "Post Fossil Era" (after the fossil fuel era), the exhibition introduced a new generation of creators who had adopted new methods using natural materials and primitive forms, while turning back to the fundamental process of making things.
Date: April 24 - June 27, 2010

Exhibition Director's Statement

Time has come for extreme change.

Society is ready to break away from last century for good.
To break from creative conventions, theoretic rules and stigmas that now are questioned, challenged and abandoned. To break with a materialistic mentality, replacing it with the modest materialization of earth-bound and recomposed matter.

In the aftermath of the worst financial crisis in decades, a period of glamorous and streamlined design for design!s sake comes to an end. A new generation of designers and architects retrace their roots, refine their earth and research their history, sometimes going back to the beginning of time.

In this process, they formulate design around natural and sustainable materials, favoring timber, hide, pulp, fiber, earth and fire; like contemporary cavemen, they reinvent shelter, redesign tools and manmade machines, and conceptualize archaic rituals for a more modest, content and contained lifestyle.

Like a Fred and Wilma Flintstone of the future.

Li Edelkoort


Organized by
In association with
Agency for Cultural Affairs, Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, Minato City
Grant from
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mondeiaan Foundation
Special sponsor
Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.
In cooperation with
Royal Norwegian Embassy, TREND UNION JAPAN
Exhibition Director
Li Edelkoort
Assistant Director
Philip Fimmano
Graphic Design
Kei Matsushita
Participating Creators
Anthon Beeke, Anthony Kleinepier, Arik Levy, Artek with llse Crawford, Atelier NL Lonny van Ryswyck, Atelier Van Lieshout, Bas van der Veer, Bas Warmoeskerken, Bauke Fokkema, BCXSY (Boaz Cohen & Sayaka Yamamoto), Bertjan Pot, BLESS, Bo Reudler, Carolina Wilcke, Chen Chun-Hao, Dick van Hoff, Digna Kosse, Dijim Berger, Emiel van Boekel, Eric Klarenbeek, Francisco Pinto, Frank Loret, Georg Panther, Gerjanne van Zuilen, Guus van Leeuwen, Hanne Friis, Harm Rensink, Henry Lawrence, Hessel Stuut, Jan Eric Visser, Janina Loeve, Jo Meesters, Jochem de Wit, Johannes Hemann, Joni Neelen, Joris Laarman, Julia Lohmann, Julien Carretero, Karin Frankenstein, Kiki van Fijk, Kwangho Lee, Laura Lynn Jansen, Lex Pott, Maaike Roozenburg, Maarten Baas, Maarten Kolk & Guuo Kusters, malousebastiaan (Ferdinand Hartgers & Malou Verharen), Maria Roosen, Marijn van der Poll, Mathieu Le Guern, Mats Theselius, Max Lamb, Moa Lönn, Nacho Carbonell, Niels van Eijk, Pepe Heykoop, Peter Marigold, Pieke Bergmans, Ronél Jordaan, Sander Lucas, Studio Glithero, Studio Job, Studio Libertiny, Studio-Re-Creation (Nikola Nikolov), Tanja Saeter, Thomas Thwaites, Vincent Geraedts, WHATELS (Els Woldhek), Wieki Somers, Willem Deridder, William Cobbing