Mafoombey Acoustic Space(Martti Killiala), Bug Dome(WEAK!Architects), Soft Furniture(Frank Gehry)

Bug Dome, WEAK! Architects Bug Dome is in the same time a shelter and a mediator between the modern man and nature. Shelter is the seed of architecture. Bug Dome is growing from this seed. It is looking around at the surrounding city. Maybe it grows bigger and eats the city. One of these days these streets are going to get organized. Bug Dome is a hiddent heatre, cave and a temple where teh construction workers are building up a fire day after day. The revolution is not yet complete. The cocoon is a temporary multi-function architectural space, which will serve as a workshop for children, as well as a performance area by underground bands, poetry parties, and architecure forums.

Mafoombey Acoustic Space, Martti Kalliala and Esa Ruskeepaa with Marti Lukasczyk, Helsinki Carved from a stack of 360 layers of corrugated cardboard this intimate sound installation is set within a 2.5 meter cube. Designed as a space for listening to and experiencing music, the intial concept developed from the architect’s ambition to create a strong spatial intensity and a distinct internal atmosphere.

Frank Gehry, Soft Furniture Tiffany & Company hired Los Angeles architecture, industrial design and fabrication firm Ball-Nogues to create the environment for Frank Gehry’s gala party celebrating the launch of Frank Gehry’s signature jewelry designs. The finishes is made of corrugated cardboard, this enable the designer to create voluptuous curved walls, furniture, and bars for the event. Held on a closed portion of Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills the production featured temporary constructions that filled the street, created spectacle, and honored the materiality of Gehry’s early work. Designers Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues developed a new manufacturing process using corrugated cardboard to create voluptuous curved walls, furniture, and bars for the event. They were inspired by the process and material Gehry employed in his legendary “Easy Edges” furniture of the 1970’s. Ball-Nogues designed and oversaw the construction of walls and furniture that required laminating over 25,000 strips of curved, industrially cut cardboard. A wall structure, half a block long and curved like the human body, was constructed from 4000 strips of cardboard sandwiched together. “Peep show” display windows, inspired by Marcel Duchamp’s Étant donnés, punctuated the wall. Tightly framed views of live nude models, wearing nothing but the Gehry jewelry, served as living “body as landscape” advertisements. Twenty-four ottomans, no two alike and distributed across the event space, invited 600 guests to explore alternative ways of sitting. Incredibly strong and capable of supporting the weight of several people, the laminates operate like shells (integrating structure and skin) rather than surfaces – which need the support of a skeletal armature. The pieces reorient the viewer’s notions of standard corrugated cardboard from a raw packaging material to a substance with structural potential at an architectural scale and capable of being used to fashion sensuous compound curving forms that resemble wood sculpted with a computer controlled (CNC) router.


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