transparent frame

sketch / image
  • picture frame
  • 2011.04
for Milan Design Week

A picture frame created with artificial ulexite, which has the ability, similar to fibre optics, to transmit light and images without attenuating them. Artificial ulexite is not only transparent, but makes objects seen through it appear to float on its surface, as though it is depthless. We took advantage of this property of the material to ‘map’ part of the image supposedly contained inside the frame onto its surface. This creates an ambiguous boundary between image and frame, canceling out the usual ‘image-frame’ relationship and changing the way that we see images.

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Photographer : Masayuki Hayashi