Sou Fujimoto : Represent the intangible between the cave and the nest
Sou Fujimoto
Represent the intangible between the cave and the nest
Floornature, June 6, 2011
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Sou Fujimoto was born in Hokkaido, Japan in 1971. After studying architecture in the faculty of engineering at Tokyo University, he founded Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2000.
In 2005 he started to gain visibility when he won the prestigious international AR - Architectural Review Awards in the Young Architects category, an award he won for three years in a row, and the Top Prize in 2006.
In 2008 he was invited to sit on the jury of the AR Awards. In the same year he won both the JIA (Japan Institute of Architects) award and the top award in the Private House section at the World Architecture Festival.
In 2009 Wallpaper* magazine presented him with its Design Award.
In 2008 Sou Fujimoto published "Primitive Future", the year’s best-selling architecture book. His architectural design, ever in search of new forms and new spaces between the natural and the artificial, will no doubt continue to evolve in the future.

Sou Fujimoto / Treatment Center for mentally disturbed children, Hokkaido, Japan
Sou Fujimoto / Treatment Center for mentally disturbed children, Hokkaido, Japan
Conversation with Sou Fujimoto…

A.F.: We are here with Sou Fujimoto for [to discuss] furniture. So, as a start, can you tell us something about this project?

Sou Fujimoto: Yes, the main concept of this project is how to combine nature and artificial things together to create a new expression. The title is "Crystallised Wind." The wind symbolises the car, Lexus and also nature. And crystallised means give [giving] a shape to wind. We used acrylic material. This is the furniture I designed and acrylic car in the exhibition hall. This furniture is uh... The important point is the top surface is very flat, sharp and the back side is very soft and wavy. So you can see the sharpness and softness at the same time. And this looks like a new existing [creation] and in the main hall we layered the furniture just [to make it resemble] like wind blowing and we can see the very silent but at the same time very wind moving [blowing?]. And this is like uh... how do you say...? Japanese traditional garden, stone garden. The Japanese garden is made by stone, only by stone, and very fixed but looks like the water is flowing; so such kind of a duality of movement and silent and emotional but cool, and Nature and artificial things: that combination and good contrast is the main concept of this project.

Sou Fujimoto /Sou Fujimoto Centre Point
Sou Fujimoto /Sou Fujimoto Centre Point
A.F.: Light, sound, air: there are only material elements. What is your relation with material?

Sou Fujimoto: Materials... This time all the material is acrylic, transparent and I selected this because of the... You can see different things at the same time: the flat sharpness and soft waving surface at the same time so you can mix in your mind two different aspects together and depending on your viewpoint you can see very sharp edge. But two meters [away] different place you can see waving shape. So such kind of various meanings of layers is very, very mysterious of this material and, of course, the shape itself is important, but the combination of the shape and the concept and the material could create something new.

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