What a strangely interesting sight! To celebrate internationally-known milliner Hirata Akio's 70 years of work, Nendo (the same Japanese design studio that created a unique rock-climbing exhibit) designed an exhibition that consists of more than 4,000 hats. However, not all of the hats were designed by Hirata Akio. Rather, most are mass-produced non-woven fabric hats [Nendo] created for the space.
The “ghost hats,” as Nendo calls them, float among the exhibition and sprinkled in between are Hirata Akio's actual designs. By setting up the exhibition in this way, visitors are encouraged to wander around and discover Hirata's creations, experiencing the creative freedom that underlies Hirata's work.