Akio Hirata has been making hats for 70 years. The longevity of career and skill in hand-production prompting not just impetus for a retrospective, but also inventiveness at the hand of exhibition designers Nendo. To make Hirat’s hats “pop” the firm placed them within a sea of mass produced, specially made fabric hats. These hats, referred to as ghost hats, form an environmental cloud allowing visitors to explore Hirata’s work and achievement at their own pace and with their own trajectory.

More looks at the exhibition design by Nendo after the jump. (via Contemporist).

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