1093 Akema, Uwacho
Seiyo-shi, Ehime, Japan
Design / Kengo Kuma Architecture and Urban Design
Construction of the light source / Saiden
Collaborative work between architect Kengo Kuma and writer Kundo Koyama.
Japanese paper chandelier using fiber optics, meditation space.
Commissioned by TAKE ACTION FOUNDATION, organized by Hidetoshi Nakata. Delivered as decoration for the first Singapore store of the interior boutique Franc Franc.
It is a space composed of four sides of paper woven with Washi kohyo using optical fibers as warp threads, with a light source installed on the ceiling, creating a peaceful meditation space where visitors enter the light sculpture and are flooded by a shower of pale light.
This is the first attempt at weaving fiber optics, and a custom strainer was made by a carpenter to secure the optical fibers in place.
Optical fibers can break at low temperatures, so the stretching process was done very carefully.