Misty Bamboo (Exhibition Space) by Keng-Yu Liao
2016 - 2017, Golden A' Interior Space and Exhibition Design Award Winner
To succinctly express the nation’s identity, Misty Bamboo took inspiration from a traditional ink painting "Misty Bamboo on a Distant Mountain", and the icon of tea — a world-renowned Taiwanese export steeped in culture and time. Together, the elements of tea, bamboo, and ethereal, misty landscape distill the nation’s design roots — an appreciation for quiet sophistication and reflection, seen in the understated, elegant lifestyles of ancient scholars. This interpretation of design’s ancient cultural roots thus became a window into the nation’s modern design ambitions.
Creative Expo Taiwan showcases and promotes the very best design talent and products from Taiwan to an international audience. For 2016, KYDO created host country Taiwan’s main exhibition hall. The space had to fulfill multiple ambitious design goals includes conveying the cultural identity of Taiwan, exhibiting a uniquely Taiwanese perspective on design and lifestyle, while showcasing harmoniously various products within its space, each with a different story to say. Visitors traverse the space by walking along the central gallery, an experience akin to the slow, poetic unveiling of a scrolled painting.
Design Challenges
It has always been a struggle for Taiwan to have its own unique identity. In order to create the most fitting image for lifestyle design to differentiate Taiwan from other Asia regions, a significant amount of research had to be developed. The other design challenge was to display the vast variety of products range with harmony and consistency within the space, while remaining a strong interpretation of the design theme.
Production Technology
Tea canisters as the cultural icon of the nation line the corridor, while light filters softly through the bamboo. A dialogue between the natural and the industrial, light refracted through the hollow polypropylene sheets present an ever-shifting view of the bamboos behind as you walk. Bamboos appear to sway in mist and wind as they shift in perspective, while the abstracted silhouettes present a modern interpretation of the painting’s brushstrokes.
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