18-23 April 2023
YAMAGIWA exhibition at Fuorisalone

We are proud to present the “The Harmony of Form and Function” exhibition at Milano Design Week 2023 representing the finest examples of Japanese craftsmanship. We invite you to experience the captivating beauty of the “TALIESIN®” light fixtures series designed by legendary American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, in a specially designed interior installation created by renowned Japanese architect Shigeru Ban. It will be the first time in twelve years since we have exhibited at this international design event.

“The Harmony of Form and Function”
Lighting Masterpieces by Frank Lloyd Wright

In this era of technological advancements, where artificial intelligence and virtual reality are rapidly gaining traction, we have chosen to showcase the human-centered design of Frank Lloyd Wright in our exhibition. Renowned for his philosophy of “Organic Architecture,” Wright advocated for a harmonious integration of architecture and nature, as a response to the dehumanizing impact of functionalist architecture of the time. The mesmerizing geometric forms and warm, indirect lighting of the TALIESIN® series of light fixtures stirs our senses and evokes a sense of joy and happiness that is often lost in our contemporary world. 

TALIESIN® series of light fixtures represent original Frank Lloyd Wright masterpieces. Manufactured in collaboration with Japanese craftsmen, YAMAGIWA is the only authorized brand in the world to receive permission from the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation to reissue these light fixtures. Inspired by the natural effects of light in nature, he believed the sun and moonlight that filters through leaves and branches to be beautiful; this has now been captured in the TALIESIN® series. They are composed of a series of illuminated rectangular, solid wood boxes that act like branches and leaves to provide an organic sculptural composition to this floor lamp. The boxes provide soft, patterned, indirect illumination while concealing the light sources and reducing glare.
The TALIESIN® lineup is available in oak, cherry, walnut wood or finished in black.

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is one of the most legendary figures in American architecture of the twentieth century. He was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time.” He designed over 1,000 structures in his seventy-year career. His masterpieces, “Fallingwater” and “Guggenheim Museum” have been designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites. As he is known for coining the term “organic architecture,” he established his architectural style, believing that architecture should be at home in nature. He placed importance on the harmonious relationship between the building’s occupants, structure, and surrounding landscape. The Prairie and Usonian houses of the early to mid-twentieth century are remarkable examples of an emphasis on horizontal form and space. He preferred open interiors with no partitions or doors, and tended to design lower ceilings to create a greater sense of spatial comfort. Inspired by the holisticness of nature, when he designed a building he often designed the furniture and light fixtures to accompany it, which would create an aesthetically harmonized surrounding for its occupants.

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Shigeru Ban

Shigeru Ban Architects (SBA) which was founded by award winning Japanese Architect Shigeru Ban in 1985 and renowned for its innovative work with timber, paper, and bamboo structures, provides full architectural design services globally from early concept through construction administration.

SBA is composed of eighty professionals throughout three offices in Tokyo, Paris, and New York. The firm’s design excellence, coupled with its commitment to environmental and ecological design, is continuously recognized by the numerous awards received from distinguished institutions throughout the world, including The Pritzker Architecture Prize, which was awarded to Shigeru Ban in 2014. The international award honours the work of an architect that consistently and significantly contributes to humanity and the built environment, showcasing a combination of talent, vision and commitment. Founded on a strong basis of structural rationality, environmental awareness, and spatial purity, SBA looks at integrating new ways of bringing iconic visions to life across the world.

Exhibition Information
Venue: Spazio 31 Via Solferino, 31, 20121 Milano MI, Italy 
Date: 18th to 23rd April 2023 
Organizer: YAMAGIWA 
Interior Design: Shigeru Ban Architects