Sou Fujimoto stacks aluminium boxes to form "nomadic house" installation in Paris

Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto has created an installation in Paris’ Jardins des Tuileries composed of suspended metal cubes and plants, for the FIAC art fair.

Many Small Cubes installation by Sou Fujimoto
Photograph by Marc Domage, also main image

Commissioned by Parisian art gallery Philippe Gravier, the Many Small Cubes installation features stacked boxes – some filled with plants and small trees – that are connected either just on one corner or one edge.



Together they create a structure with seemingly random cantilevers and openings on a tree-lined avenue in the Tuileries park.

Many Small Cubes installation by Sou Fujimoto
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A void in the centre represents the “living area”, with formal entrances at either side and lots of other access points if “one doesn’t mind lowering their head,” said a statement from Fujimoto.

The structure is intended to represent a “nomadic house” and serve partly as an architectural intervention and partly as a sculpture.

Many Small Cubes installation by Sou Fujimoto
Photograph copyright Dezeen

“The floating masses of Many Small Cubes create a new experience of space, a rhythm of flickering shadows and lights, as being under the trees,” said Fujimoto.

“The architecture forms one unified element whose balance and stability are carefully designed: the position of each cube and each tree participates to the overall stability, yet reaching a random-like feeling, bringing the whole architecture closer to nature.”

Many Small Cubes installation by Sou Fujimoto
Photograph copyright Dezeen

Supported on a steel frame, the cubes are made from sheets of anodised aluminium that have been individually hand cut to fit into place.

Many Small Cubes installation by Sou Fujimoto
Lower level plan

A small tower built from scaffolding nearby contains a projector from which images are shone onto the surfaces of the cubes on one side of the structure.

Designed by lighting artist Patrick Rimoux, these range from abstract colour patterns to numbers in a digital-style typeface and moving clouds.

Many Small Cubes installation by Sou Fujimoto
Upper level plan

The installation is part of a series of pieces the gallery is commissioning from artists and architects, which it described as architectural “jewels” or “follies”.

“These Maisons d’edition are nomadic structures, removable and durable, that can be inscribed in both the artistic and environmental landscape,” said Philippe Gravier.

Many Small Cubes installation by Sou Fujimoto
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The installation is Fujimoto’s first work in Paris, where he will also be giving a lecture tomorrow as part of the FIAC art fair events programme. It follows on from the architect’s popular design for the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London last year.

“He may place himself in the legacy of Japanese culture, yet he bring a new visions to architecture, especially by developing a unique formal vocabulary: 1 nothing + 1 nothing = something” said Philippe Gravier.

Many Small Cubes installation by Sou Fujimoto
Section two

Many Small Cubes is one of a number of satellite installations and events taking place for the FIAC art fair. It officially opens later this week and will remain on display until the end of November.

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The Wild Power

Energy Harvesting is device that uses temperature differences between objects to source renewable energy via a thermoelectric generator and thermoelectric energy management chips. The good thing about it is that it can be used in any setting to harvest the energy and tank up. It is a practical both in the city and in the wild.

Designers: Chien Ta-Wei, Huang Li-Ren, Chu Fang-Chih, Chu Yuan-Hua, Huang Chao-Jen & Yao Hong-Da – Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

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The HexSkin

Quite recently I had a massive fall and busted open my knee. The wound was deep, wide and the kinds that cannot be stitched. I have to admit, that I am ticked at the primitive ways my wounds are dressed. It’s the same old sterile gauze and cotton with Hydrogen Peroxide and Anti-bacterial ointments. I could do with the funky styling of the HexSkin, which is a nurturing bandage that dissolves over the skin. It provides meds and a faster healing process.

Designer: Felipe Castañeda

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Voici le premier Homepod du monde : un robot de maison, ou plutôt un ordinateur mobile 360° indépendant et équipé d’un système de projection vidéo et audio, permettant aux habitants d’une maison de transformer n’importe quelle pièce en lieu de divertissement, et ce, en fonction de l’activité qu’ils exercent. Un projet signé Keecker, à découvrir en images et vidéo.

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A Kickstarted Hoverboard! With a Catch

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With a lot of folks buying the Back to the Future 2 hoverboard prank earlier this year, it’s no surprise that a purportedly real hoverboard just got funded on Kickstarter. (Or so we assume—at press time it was at $234,708 of a $250,000 goal, with 53 days left to pledge.) “We aim to get this technology into everyone’s hands (and under everyone’s feet)!” writes Hendo Hover, the California-based company behind the Hoverboard.

Yes, you can really stand on the thing and yes, it really floats, but there is a bit of a catch:

Our patented technology transmits electromagnetic energy more efficiently than previously possible, enabling platforms to hover over non-ferrous metals with payloads. It is scalable to any size and any weight.

The limitation of needing a non-ferromagnetic metal surface to float over aside, the technology still looks pretty cool.

Amazingly, only a handful of the actual backers will receive a working hoverboard; the ten units have all been snapped up at a buy-in of ten large. The sub-$10,000 tier of funding is for developer kits and short hoverboard rides at Hendo’s facility.

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David Chipperfield models Bally flagship store on 1920s Marcel Breuer interior

British architect David Chipperfield has completed his first project for Swiss accessories brand Bally – the interior of a flagship boutique on London’s New Bond Street (+ slideshow).

Bally interior by David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield Architects based elements of the 400-square-metre store on an interior that Modernist architect Marcel Breuer designed in the 1920s for the brand, which was founded in 1851.



“It’s a brand that has incredible heritage and it’s one of the oldest companies to be in continuous trading as well,” Chipperfield told Dezeen. “It was interesting to try and understand what the heritage of Bally was and how that could be included going forward.”

Bally interior by David Chipperfield

Bally‘s previous collaborations with architects include Robert Mallet-Stevens, Andrée Putman, Le Corbusier and Karl Moser. “The graphic tradition of Bally is amazing,” said Chipperfield. “They were very design conscious and one of the first stores that really engaged good designers.”

An archive photograph showing shoe boxes stacked up the walls of Breur’s store prompted Chipperfield to recreate this feature, aiming to steer Bally’s retail focus back towards footwear.

Bally interior by David Chipperfield

“The shoe store is a very particular typology,” said Chipperfield, who completed the New York flagship for fashion house Valentino last month. “It’s different to other stores. And when you looked at those there were hundreds of boxes on the walls, and there were lots of chairs where people would be sat down, and there were lots of shoes.”




The store – Bally’s first flagship in over 20 years – is spilt over three levels in a corner building on New Bond Street, one of London’s most famous luxury shopping destinations.

Bally interior by David Chipperfield

Menswear is located in the basement, the ground floor is dedicated to womenswear and the first floor features Made to Order, Made to Colour and Shoe Caring services.

On all levels, burgundy-coloured boxes are stacked in columns across sections of the walls. This allows customers to pick out the shoes themselves rather than waiting for a shop assistant to disappear into the bowels of the building and fetch the right pair.

Bally interior by David Chipperfield

Walnut panels with grids of vertical slots surround the interiors on each floor. These curve around corners to link the small pockets of space, providing a screen across the many windows facing onto neighbouring streets.

To prominently display the shoes out of their boxes, Chipperfield designed shelves made from bent sections of aluminium, which hook into the slots in the walls with wooden brackets.

“This was a project of designing a shelf because without the shelf, the shoe shop can’t work,” Chipperfield said.

Bally interior by David Chipperfield

To illuminate the products, the shelves are backlit using a low voltage transferred directly from the walls into the frames. This means that the shelves can be clipped in and out, and relocated when necessary without having to rewire.

Other accessories are displayed either on or inside freestanding vitrines, with bent brass frames based on Breur’s furniture designs.

Bally interior by David Chipperfield

The staircase in the centre of the building is clad in grey Swiss marble, while grey carpet is laid on all of the shop floors.

Bally interior by David Chipperfield

Following a soft launch over the weekend, the shop is now open for trading. Chipperfield’s Milan office will continue to work with the brand on subsequent store designs, the next of which is due to open on Los Angeles’ Rodeo Drive next year.

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The Beauty of Dance Photography

Pickled Thoughts a mis en scène de superbes danseuses classiques chaussées de justaucorps et de tutus. Le photographe a réussi à rendre compte non seulement de la grâce et de la technique de ses modèles, mais également de la beauté des lieux dans lesquels elles posent. Plus de détails en images.

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Brook There's Ethically Made, Organic Lingerie: The Portland, ME-based designer chats about creating a comfortable alternative to synthetic basics

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Pop-up restaurant by OS31 will be built over a frozen river

News: British studio OS31 has won a competition to design a pop-up restaurant on the surface of a frozen river in Winnipeg, Canada.

Pop-up restaurant on a frozen lake by OS31

The RAW:almond restaurant will be installed at the point where the mouth of the Assiniboine meets the Red River, as part of the Canadian city’s annual winter festival.



OS31, a studio specialising in lightweight, flexible architecture, has designed an X-shaped structure intended to symbolise the crossing of the two rivers.

Pop-up restaurant on a frozen lake by OS31

A metal scaffolding structure will provide the building’s framework, as a nod to the rhythmic construction of a nearby bridge.

“The plan is made up of two clashing geometries,” said studio founder Tony Broomhead, who designed the restaurant alongside architects Matt Pearson and Ross Jordan.

Pop-up restaurant on a frozen lake by OS31
Site plan – click for larger image

“The design creates an expressive frame that floats across the ice like a frozen jetty, whilst providing a dining experience that is clear from structure,” he said. “The exterior and interior are expressed as separate forms, one enclosed inside the other.”

Spaces inside the restaurant will be framed by faceted white walls, described as being “sculptural like drifts of snow”.

Pop-up restaurant on a frozen lake by OS31
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A terrace will extend out from one of the building’s four arms, providing an entrance to a bar area. Two others will contain dining areas, while the fourth will house the kitchen.

This will be the third iteration of the RAW:almond restaurant, which claims to be the “first ever outdoor fine dining restaurant on a frozen body of water”. It will open to the public on 22 January.

Pop-up restaurant on a frozen lake by OS31
Floor plan – click for larger image

Each winter Winnipeg’s frozen rivers also host a series of shelters to keep skaters warm – last year’s took the form of giant pompoms.

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The Eyes and Ears of Your Home

The latest in home security, DefenDoor allows your to screen your visitors just like you screen your calls. Its wide-angle lens and 720P/HD resolution also help you keep your home safely monitored while you’re out and even notifies you when other family members return safely. With a low price point and easy wireless installation, it’s a smart and cost effective solution for securing your doorstep and the rest of your home.

Designer: Glate

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