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Paper architecture: Stockholm installation by Gert Wingårdh and Kustaa Saksi.

Images: Tord-Rikard Söderström.

The big furniture fairs are well past for this year. But the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair produced one piece well worth a nostalgic look back... not at the furniture though, but at a memorable installation.

Designed by Swedish Architect Gert Wingårdh with Dutch illustrator Kustaa Saksi, this installation consists of 11,000 sheets of A3 paper, attached at 44,000 points.

The exercise is an interesting collaboration as it allows the simultaneous creation of a space, as well as its decoration.

The installation is reminiscent of the wonderful decoration to the surfaces of some of the great mosques of Iran. I have often wondered if the interiors of these great buildings would be so breathtaking without the decoration to the tilework, in other words, when the pure spatial qualities were laid bare.

Although it would be a relatively simple proposition to test, with a quick “white cheese” rendering, It would seem an almost sacrilegious exercise, and one that perhaps misses the point of the architecture.

The exterior of this installation, exhibiting the white non-printed side of the paper goes some way to answering the question.

 

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