An entrance pavilion for Design Miami/ 2012, Drift creates an unexpected moment within the context of the familiar white vinyl tent, reformulating the material to create a floating environment. Inflated tubes are bundled together to create a topographical landscape in suspension: an ascending mountain above and an excavated cavern below. These long cylinders are arranged vertically to infill the area of the entrance courtyard, and then lifted to create areas of circulation and rest for the visitors entering and exiting the structure.
Filtered light passes between the tubes of the inverted landscape creating a space both interactive and contemplative. Apertures in the canopy above frame views of the Miami sky and allow natural light and fresh air into the interior. The lightness of the floating tubes underscores the mass of the enormous installation, visible from a distance of several blocks. Drift identifies the entrance courtyard as a site of activity and design. The rising landscape becomes a beacon for visitors approaching Design Miami/ while the excavated cavern presents a moment of exploration before entering the fair.
Photos by Markus Haugg.
A pop-up shop for Odin New York’s fragrance collection, this temporary retail installation created an unexpected moment embedded within an East Village storefront. The entire shop was formed by a landscape of 1,500 matte white gypsum cement replicas of Odin’s distinctive glass fragrance bottle. Suspended within a white shell, the matte white ghost bottles cascaded in a wave from the ceiling at the front window toward the floor at the mirrored back wall. A smaller landscape of bottles rose from the floor, as a display for the only dark objects in the space – Odin’s fragrances and their black packaging. The dark brown glass fragrance bottles were backlit and indented into the smooth white displays that spilled out from the Odin boxes. Appearing as soft amorphous forms, the displays revealed themselves as the same hard white gypsum cement as the ghost bottle replicas.
OBI is the screen made of the bamboo, which designed for the exhibition of AODJ which sends Japanese creativity worldwide. By using traditional skill “Shinshibari” which was used when we dry cloths, it gets flat smooth surface. This large size screen is supported only by their tension which is made by the sticked bamboo round bar attached the needle to both ends into cloth while bending. This stracture is easy to set up and enable to replace to other places by knocking down.
The installation is an exploration into the potential of an unexpected material realized through makeshift architecture. The D.I.Y House is a structure, which intends to utilize the material qualities of tape by cladding a framework to make a shelter. By utilizing an accessible and versatile material, the audience can appreciate the properties of a common and industrial household products such as the combined elements of the strength of the tape and the form of the metal, allowing the house to retain its balance and to stand.
Inspired primarily by the appeal of qualities found in common hardware products, as well as the DIY mentality, the house aims to provide anyone with the potential to make their own architecture in a playful manner.
You can visit the DIY House at Dream Interiors, as part of Saturday in Design showcase on 6 October 2012, 10am – 7pm. Dream Interiors is located at 456 River Valley Road, Singapore 248342.
London designers Studio Toogood have created a temporary wine bar in Sydney where guests are invited to select their vintage by smelling scented totem poles.
The 6 “UNIQLO CUBES,” celebrate UNIQLO’s innovative yet classic apparel in smart jewel-like architectural packages. Designed by HWKN, the cubes illuminate and enlighten neighborhoods with an in-depth look into UNIQLO’s unique product quality. The pop-up stores showcase UNIQLO by forming simple volumes with high-tech surfaces cladding their gridded surface.
Demisch Danant worked with Maarten Baas to create a site-specific installation for a client who wanted a sculptural but entirely functional piece for their home’s foyer. Maarten used his signature color impregnated clay design as the basis for what he has described as “a viral-like system” of shelving, coat hangers, vitrines and small display areas that together fill the entire space. The result is witty and energetic. And the clients’ kids love it.