In April Herman Miller Japan asked a group of its design partners, including us, to create a piece of art based on the theme “Connected with Japan” for a charity auction to benefit the tsunami relief efforts.
We were initially inspired to use imagery of air currents and weather to show the natural global lines spanning the distance between the Japan and the United States. Expanding upon this we added a flight of paper planes to connect a path from one side of the globe to the other with a matrix pattern over both countries. We chose paper planes in particular to symbolize a playful communication, like friends passing notes to one another, as well as for their universal appeal and connection to the art of origami.
We sent our finished 6 foot long work to Japan, where it was displayed with works by other designers who partner with Herman Miller. All the art was auctioned on June 23 at the Herman Miller Store in Tokyo, raising $9,500 for the disaster relief fund.