Japanese Architect Sou Fujimoto worked on a serie of bookshelf titled Forest of books, for the French Galerie Philippe Gravier at Design Miami/Basel. The collection has been already presented a first time in Paris at the Galerie itself during march of this year.
Design Miami/Basel is a global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. The design week is held annually every june in Basel, Swizerland, and this year it is during june 13-18, 2017.
The bookshelf serie is composed of 5 large sculptures made of thin iron bars.
The visitors are invited to climb inside the structures and to seat on the circular bench.
Sou Fujimoto’s statement
Libraries are beyond time, an assembly of different eras, past and future. A combination of search-ability and stroll-ability. A trip, a non-linear journey, in a search of a story, an information, a discovery.
The curves of the vertical iron bars are reminiscent of 19th century ironwork – one could even say art nouveau. It is an reinterpretation of an old technique, balustrades with soft curves recalling nature — different periods reconciled together.
Forest of books
Photography, Antoine Baralhe
Image, Sou Fujimoto