Presented by Maxalot, Commonwealth vs. is an invitational series where the brutality of architecture, and the insane precision found in the digital arts meet in a heated merger of influence, and technique.
Industrial modes of digital prototyping allow the results of these design amalgamations to be carried through to the final stages of production resulting in authentically digital material objects.
Having opened November 2006, at Brooklyn's Espeis Architype Gallery, CLOSER was the second of this ongoing collaborative series.
Originally from Kobe, Japan, the media artist and product designer Kenzo Minami, graduated from Parsons School of Design with a BFA in Product Design after majoring in Western Philosophy in Japan. He started out his career as a Set Designer for TV including MTV and Sci-Fi Channel which lead him to shoot his own shorts and TV spots. He also has done multiple projects as interface designer with the team of the M.I.T. media lab. As an artist, he has been featured in multiple publications inlcluding i-D, W Magazine, V Magazine, Flaunt Magazine, Blackbook, SOMA, This Gun Is for Hire: From Personal to Corporate Design Projects (dgv), Hidden Track (dgv), Introducing (dgv), and way too many others to list here.
He was the first artist commissioned to do mural painting for Nike's first art project space in NYC. Kenzo has participated in numerous group shows, as well as holding many solo exhibitions. His work and design was also commissioned by Raf Simons, Colette, Fuse, VH1, Sharp, Seven New York, I Heart, Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Converse, Earnest Sewn, Hankyu, Clubking, and Kidrobot among many others.
He also released his own model of Reebok Pump Fury, limited of 500 pairs worldwide, released together with the Basquiat model in Fall of 2005. He also has his own garment project line launched in the spring of 2004.
Commonwealth is the design studio of product architects zoë coombes & david boira.
Their work focuses on material research and collaborations with other digital design fields such as graphic and product design, producing one of a kind collector items that verge between the realms of prototype products and objets d'art.
Espeis™ Archetype Gallery, a division of commonwealth is the place to see, enjoy and critique these collaborative works.