Terunobu Fujimori - Design London Monday, September 27, 2010 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    ‘1:1 Architects Build Small Spaces’, Victoria & Albert Museum, London, 15 June-30 August 2010

  • Literature

    Abraham Thomas, 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces, exh. cat., Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 2010, pp. 2, 24 and 25

  • Catalogue Essay

    The charred pine exterior of this elevated teahouse resembles the tough, blackened shell of a beetle. It expresses an avant-gardeattitude to architecture that somehow aspires to a primitive state. The dramatic process of burning the timber panels provides a textured and tactile surface – an extreme materiality. It also preserves the wood and extends the lifetime of the building. Fujimori sees the structure as a site for a quintessentially ‘English’ version of the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Teahouses often act like pieces of clothing. They are compact spaces that wrap around us like extensions of our bodies. Visitors enter the structure by climbing a ladder barefoot and squeezing through a narrow hatch – a profoundly physical process that momentarily distracts us from our surroundings. Many of Fujimori’s teahouses are designed to re-configure our views of the surrounding landscape.
    Abraham Thomas, Curator of Designs, Victoria and Albert Museum, London


'Beetle’s House’


Charred pine board, lime plaster, plywood, charcoal, oak, glass, iron, kettle, porcelain tea set, bike ornament, signed framed photograph, stool, tripod, wood and metal ladder, electrics, ceiling light, potted plants.

467 × 240 × 153 cm (183 7/8 × 94 1/2 × 60 1/4 in)

1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces, Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 15 June–30 August 2010

£10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for £9,375


28 September 2010