AGC to Unveil Sound-generating Glass at Milan Design Week 2018

AGC will unveil “Soundscape” at Ventura Centrale during the Milan Design Week, one of the world’s largest design festivals. This installation explores the sensory world of hearing, with sound-generating glass.

For this project, AGC has invited up-and-coming architect Motosuke Mandai as the creation partner for this glass-space installation. Motosuke Mandai comments : “We designed our soundscape by combining transparent glass suspended gracefully in the air with the invisible element of sound. By overlaying these two elements, we seek out new possibilities for the ephemeral, delicate, graceful medium of glass”. The sounds generated by the highly transparent, thin, lightweight glass enable visitors to experience auditory landscapes (soundscapes) in new ways. 

Sound-generating glass, currently under development at AGC, was used to produce Soundscape. It is designed with a special intermediary layer that mitigates the inherent resonance characteristics of glass. This makes it possible to produce clear, steady sounds ranging from high to low, throughout the spectrum of audio frequencies. 

At Ventura Centrale, visitors will also discover the unlimited design possibilities of AGC Glass Europe's decorative glass for furniture and interior applications.

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About Milan Design Week
The “Milan Design Week”, one of the largest design festivals in the world, has been held every April in Milan, Italy since 1961. Approximately 1,000 events (Fuori Salone) in which designers and other creative people compete with unique designs are held simultaneously during the festival at various locations in Milan, and all of these events are now collectively called “Milan Design Week.”

AGC will participate for the fourth time in the Milan Design Week.

When? From 17th to 22nd April 2018
Where? Ventura Centrale, Via Ferrante Aporti 13, 20125 Milano - Italy

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About AGC

AGC Asahi Glass (also called AGC, Registered Company name: Asahi Glass Co., Ltd., Headquarters: Tokyo, President & CEO: Takuya Shimamura) is the parent company of the AGC Group, a world-leading glass solution provider and supplier of flat, automotive and display glass, chemicals, ceramics and other high-tech materials and components. Based on more than a century of technical innovation, the AGC Group has developed a wide range of cutting-edge products. The AGC Group employs some 54,000 people worldwide and generates annual sales of approximately 1.5 trillion Japanese yen (€ 11.7 billion) through business in about 30 countries. 

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AGC Glass Europe, a European leader in flat glass

AGC Glass Europe produces, processes and markets flat glass for the construction industry (external glazing and interior decoration), car manufacture and other industrial sectors (transport, solar power and high-tech). It is the European branch of AGC, a world leader in flat glass. It has over 100 sites throughout Europe and employs around 15,300 employees.

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