Tokyo based creative agency Drawing and Manual has released the making the of Issey Miyake Ginza window display. The original installation was made for their 2012 Summer/Spring collection which occupies the storefront behind a pane of glass. Created in collaboration with Japanese traditional origami researcher Jun Mitani, the brand has produced playful clothes lines, introducing unique folding shapes in their design.
As for the newest collection, the concept was not the complete folds, but the interesting dynamic shapes of folding process. A split-flap display was chosen as the device to present moving images of the design for the season’s window display. Constructed out of 42 perspex made split-flaps, each column is controlled by a single arduino, where in total, seven of them construct images in tandem or individually by controlling servos in each.
Images vary from Issey Miyake designs to clothes folds, constantly changing and reconstructing images. The casings are manufactured using a CNC milling machine tool and images printed and paper cut by hand. The project well handled new technology and craftsmanship of manual operation in contrast.