Tokyo – As a small island country with limited resources, Japan celebrates the spirit of monodzukuri: ingenuity in the service of craftsmanship. 'From a single sheet of paper folded into a variety of shapes, emerged the art of origami,' architect Moriyuki Ochiai explains. 'From a single bolt of fabric was born one of the country’s most iconic garments, the kimono, and from a single piece of cloth, used to wrap and carry objects, came the furoshiki.'
In Crystalscape, Ochiai's finite material is aluminium, which he bent and buckled into an austere planar surface that curls across the ceiling of this 110-sq-msalon. The luminous metal sculpture also symbolizes the ideal of well-being and expresses 'the bright, aerial, gracious way' that hair cascades around the face. These undulations evolve at seated eye-level from simple intersections of lines into a layered latticework inserted amongst planar grid objects and finished in a gradient of white to wooden tones.