Our relationship with architecture is often seen as purely functional. People forget that there’s important psychological aspects to architecture that play a part in cultivating the way we live and experience life itself. What can be more important than that?
The cocoon-like nature of a home offers that outer layer that is protective and nurturing. For this reason I was drawn to the two series ‘Crust of the Polygon’ and ‘Standing Nature’ by Studio Note. This practice in Japan headed by designer Norihiko Terayama has a strong focus on making artistic statements using everyday objects. Here he has used driftwood and dry flowers, wrapping them with wire to suspend and bring about new dimension.
‘Standing Nature’ is also impressive with the looping structure that holds up the leaves or small pieces of driftwood. This radiates a different feeling, more with thoughts of potential as it bounces upward and outward.
Studio Note founder Norihiko Terayama used this organic polygon form as an ‘artificial skin’ that forms a shell bringing new shape to an already organic form. I like this idea of repurposing and reconsidering an object from a new perspective. It’s easy to see things ‘as they are’ instead of ‘what they could be’.