To mark the launch of Swedish textile company Kinnasand’s new ‘ZOOM’ collection, Jo Nagasaka of Japanese studio Schemata Architects has teamed up with Kvadrat to realize a light installation which has been unveiled during Tokyo Design Week. “We rarely deal with “soft” materials in our daily practice, but this time we designed installation using soft and delicate fabric of the new ZOOM collection of Kinnasand. Our professional mission as architect is to make something ‘stand’. In this installation, we decided not to ‘hang’ the fabric but make it ‘stand’ on its own as a three-dimensional object, explains Jo Nagasaka.

After many experiments, Schemata Architects decided to use optical fiber, taking advantage of its transparency, buoyancy and flexibility. Optical fiber strands are woven into fabric and serve as supporting structure, while the fabric connects the woven strands and reinforces the surface strength.

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Schemata realized three-dimensional “loops” which absorb and respond to external forces in their entirety without partial deformation, resulting in the gentle bouncing movement of “boing, boing”.  The “loops” create multiple visual layers, emphasizing translucency of the fabric. The unique characteristics of ZOOM – namely delicate suppleness and mist-like translucency – fill the entire space expressively.

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