Currently on exhibit at Creation Gallery G8 in Tokyo is a series of 3D-printed pieces resembling the outlines of paper by Japanese design studio Nendo. Dedicated to graphic designers who use paper as a medium to express their ideas, the Un-printed Material exhibition takes place in three rooms. In the first, 30 sheets of A1-sized posters with outlines are suspended in space. In the second room, multiple series of large postcard-sized paper outlines show five different stages within the process of that paper being modified in some way. In the final room, outlines are used in the same way to represent 3D objects that are made of paper, such as paper bags, milk cartons, paper cups, and origami figures.
Working both by hand and with a 3D printer, we created outlines of paper as an expression of that paper without actually using paper itself. Some of the outlines display rounding, while others show signs of the paper having once been folded. In another, when the paper is torn away, the torn section appears to have feathery layers with fibers. By zeroing in on the finer details and carefully representing them in the outlines, we attempted to capture that unique essence of paper that we have all felt at one time or another.On view at Creation Gallery G8 through November 17.