Creative studio ARCHIEE has recently showcased the ‘Pleat Luster’ project, an installation which is both a product and element of scenography for an exhibition titled ‘Tradition and High Technology’. The event occurred between the 22nd of November and the 3rd of December 2016 at Maison de la Culture du Japon à Paris. Take a look at the exhibition.
ARCHIEE has been asked to separately and equally exhibit artisanal products selected from thirteen different Japanese prefectures. Consequently, the studio has designed a showcase and exhibition panel for each item. Being in the entrance hall of Maison de la Culture du Japon, the installation reflects an intimate internal space which is sheltered from public noise. This was achieved by composing each booth in a circle, also served as a way of giving the visitor a panoramic view of the exhibition.
As the scenography needed to be set up within three hours, the challenge was to design a system that is easy to transport and quick to set up. This led to an installation with folding screens, referring to the traditional Japanese byobu which is composed of two panels with a vertical junction; it is opened to form a V-shape in plan for stability.
The byobu system provides all required elements for the exhibition, including partitions, information panels, showcases and integrated lighting. Hence, this collapsible product is known as pleat luster and the folding technique is applied to both white screens and black showcases. In order to allow the screen panels to rotate 360 degrees, a necessary function given the screens are divided into 4 panels, ARCHIEE further developed the traditional paper hinge system. By using fabric instead of paper for the hinges, the team was able to create enough stability.
Finally, as a strong expression of the theme of combining tradition and high-technology, ARCHIEE decides to use LED lights directly into the folding screens. As the cabling for the LEDs became possible thanks to the fabric hinges, every surface is covered with the same fabric to give an elegant lighting effect. The chosen textile allows many delicate movements and provides a soft texture.
ARCHIEE is a creative studio founded in Paris, France in 2011 by architects Yusuke Kinoshita and Daisuke Sekine. Spanning across many disciplines such as architecture, spatial design, furniture design, graphics, info-graphics, web design, their work is deeply connected to their architectural ideology.