We started playing around with Instagram in our usual slow tech way. It seems to have a more fragmentary feel, little stories built around images tiled in a grid for you to pick any across time. Let’s see what we can do with it in future:
Figuring out the lights, switches and powerpoints in Yanaka House.
Getting the right colours for Saatchi Guangzhou …
Furniture for our Tokyo office with Taisho-inspired colours.
We designed a pavilion that would last for only 4 days for a furniture fair in Shanghai. The pavilion was used by the client to launch a mobile application that features and sells furniture and interior services in China. There was a great gulf between how we imagined it would be used and how it eventually was used. We thought is was meant to showcase furniture, and visitors would walk around browsing them. But it became more an entertainment booth to attract eyeballs. This episode showed our complete ignorance and delusion with the actual reality of this particular situation, even after more than a decade of experience in China. How it is to be used is often left unconsidered in architecture design discussions. It is left out because architecture is usually framed as “making” in our current discourses. We do not want to deal with the uncertainties and the untidiness of actual “use”.