In early September, I bumped into the information of Sound of Design. I was fascinated by its concept of “auditory as a way of design” and “break the boundary of visual dominance.” I bought the ticket, anticipating what kind of inspiration it would bring me.
At the first day of the exhibition, I arrived very early as it was just opened. Although there were indeed some flaws during my visit, the overall experience was still good and inspiring.
Just at the entrance of the exhibition room, three simple devices enables you to hear your ticket! How fun is that! The sounds are engendered by the holes on the paper tickets. There are also some scientific introductions about different acoustic waves. With the interactive installations, the seemly boring science knowledge becomes vivid and interesting.
When you walk in, you’ll see the displays of popular Taiwan designs, like the clock and watch made of concrete by 22 Design Studio, the cup mimicking the surface of fruits by Hey Sheng Chi Si, the leather bag by Rawpiece, and etc. All of these products possess their own sounds, not only the sounds made by the items themselves, but also the sounds created by designers based on the feelings these products bring to people. In some extent, it seems the sounds are so subjective since they are made by the sound designers. However, doesn’t it still express something common that all the people will experience when they see these items?
The exhibition of Sound of Design has five main topics. Each of the topics is represented by a lifestyle brand in Taiwan. Through their collaboration, interesting experience occurs and the definition of design is broadened.
往裡一些，擺放著當下台灣火紅的生活設計，包括22 Design Studio的水泥時鐘與手錶、黑生起司的果皮杯、Rawpiecw 的皮革包等等，各自有著不同的聲音。這些聲音是音效設計個人對於這些物品、這些設計的個人觀感，但何嘗不也反映了某些普遍共感的聽覺感受？
What do you think of this product? Just a pure decoration? Nah, it’s a scent candle! Can you believe that? The goldfish is so vivid and the candle shows such transparency that I can hardly believe it is really a candle. The smell of berries and bay leafs and the look of a goldfish living in the water has already showed creativity. With the sounds in the background, I am absorbed in the atmosphere.
Eye Candle 這栩栩如生的蘭壽金魚，若沒有額外說明，很難將它和香氛蠟燭聯想在一起吧！野莓與月桂葉的香氣、逼真的金魚造型與幾近透明如水的蠟，嗅覺與視覺這兩者的結合本就已是極高的感官饗宴，再加上融合於背景的聲響，嗅覺、視覺、聽覺三者的配合，緩緩將觀者的感官打開，不再只透過眼睛，也利用耳朵與鼻子去體會，讓人經過這場洗禮，彷彿對一種理想的生活風格有了更高一層的認識。
(Don’t you think it looks just like Seaking in Pokemon? )
#nude has always been one of my favorite boutiques in Taipei. You can see elegance and effortlessness in its simplicity and pureness. “Walk-in Closet” is the topic of #nude’s display. It can be an ideal dressing room, and can also be an ideal lifestyle. When you go back to your room, it is the place where you can unveil your mask; it is the time when you are able to ponder about life, about goals and about directions.
The curation of #nude’s “Walk-in Closet” inspires me a lot in room decorations (so I took so many photos there!). It is similar to the kind of minimalistic rooms I adore on Youtube videos. This space stays clean, simple and of course comfortable, where I know I can absolutely relax and recharge myself.
#nude 一直以來都是我很喜歡的品牌，在裸色中展現優雅，在簡約裡透露從容。高質感的布料與專注細節的剪裁讓簡單的設計更能呈顯穿者的個性。#nude 將此次展覽命名為 Walk-in Closet，走進一個理想的衣帽間，或是走進一個理想的生活。回到房間，褪去武裝的色彩，找回最純淨的自己，將自己沉澱，時尚並不僅只意味著外在的裝扮，更在於內裡的平靜，在於生活細節裡品味的堆疊。靜下來，才能聽見往往被忽略的細微聲響，才能耳聞生活的腳步。
#nude 的展場佈置儼然是一個理想房間的樣貌。細細拍了許多照片，或許可以當成未來房間佈置的參考。 這是個乾淨、簡單、舒服的空間，讓人能卸下壓力與戒備，或許這個時候才能好好思考自己生活的目標與方向。
In the whole exhibition, I love Wolf Tea’s curation the most. The draperies of the linen clothes create a mystical vibe, pure and slow, as if I just walked into some kind of Japanese tea house. The introduction glued on the wall pushes me to read about the types, specialties and roasting ways of the teas; meanwhile, I can just open the jars and smell them. Most of all, sounds depicting the characteristics of the teas floats from the headphones. I experience the teas in visual, olfactory and auditory ways at the same time.
Through the Scandinavian minimalistic design, Design Butik shares the details and little inspirations underlying our quotidian lives. No matter our lifestyle is elegant, wild, extravagant, or easy-going, every choice we make gradually shapes the texture of it.
Design Butik 藉由北歐簡約的設計，分享平凡生活中的不平凡以及堅持細節的感動。在名為生活的場域中，無論風格是華麗、是狂野、是簡約、是夢幻還是率性，每一件生活小物的選擇，都逐漸堆疊出屬於自己的生活質感。
Sense 30 is a brand providing dandy-like retro style handmade bicycles. They hope to represent the delicacy of traditional craftsmanship, making riding bikes part of the attitude towards life. In Sound of Design, Sense 30 seems to move its whole studio here, only in a small version. You can see similar displays of their studio and all kinds of repairing gadgets. When you roll the wheel, you’ll then hear the clicking sounds of metals and see the bicycle details as if you were actually in a bike producing environment.
Sense 30 是個提供復古優雅紳士定製單車的品牌。他們希望透過老師傅手工的製作，重新呈現古老工藝的細膩，並讓單車成為一種生活態度。展場間，是 Sense 30 縮小版的工作室樣貌。這裡，可以看見與總店工作室如出一轍的店面陳列、修繕腳踏車的道具，轉動互動裝置的車輪，則會聽見機械喀搭喀搭作響的聲音並出現單車畫面，讓觀者彷彿真處於單車製作當下的真實情境裡。
After appreciating the main topics of the exhibition, you’ll then see some interesting installations, such as four sets of audio creations trying to reverse the concept just exhibited. Rather than transforming visual experiences into audio ones, it shows that audio experiences can also be turned into visual displays. The space is designed and decorated based on the auditory feelings. In addition to these, there are fortune cards and displays of audio devices as well, like records, walkman, mp3 and iPod. Not only are they interesting, but they are also abundant in sound knowledge.
Briefly speaking, I like the exhibition of Sound of Design a lot; it can even be topped in my recent exhibition rating list. It broadens my understanding of what design is and how design should be. Design is not circumscribed to visual forms, but should be operates in other senses, like auditory, olfactory and gustatory. In fact, there shouldn’t be any boundaries in designs. All the senses should be merged in order to create a more profound work. All in all, Sound of Design does stimulate me to think further and deeper.
Only 10 days are left for the exhibition, so don’t hesitate and go take a look!
聽見設計展 Sound of Design