Terunobo Fujimori

24Aug10

Visited the Seven Architects build Seven Structures exhibition at the V&A earlier in the summer and was captivated by the space designed by architectural historian Terunobo Fujimori.  It’s called the Beetle House and was designed as a retreat to drink tea in..what a splendid idea.

I have a fondness for ‘sheds’ and am using this as an inspiration for one strand of my current work i.e. I’m trying to design the sort of textiles that would be appropriate for a space like this…soft, woolly and textured is what I came up with.

The building is constructed using charred cedar which is a traditional Japanese building technique.  Here’s the interior showing shards of charred cedar decorating the ceiling and the tea-making hearth:

And I believe this is his own personal sky high tea house in Japan:

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