YINJISPACE use media professional’s unique perspective,try to explore the essence of life behind the design works.

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YINJISPACE use media professional’s unique perspective,try to explore the essence of life behind the design works.

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Little Witch Lab

Interiors Commerce Japan 2022-10-24

Little Witch Lab is a gallery that exhibits the work of Mutsumi Fujimoto, an accessory artist who uses a unique technique to contain that momentary beauty and sublimate it into a permanent beauty that does not change over time, like a jewel worn by a human being. The building is located where the old Ota River, which flows through the city and leads to Hiroshima Bay, meets the long-established Kusayo Inou Shrine. The location is both dignified and quiet, and the time passes slowly, making it a wonderful place in the city.

The atelier requires delicate work down to the tenth of a millimeter, so although it is attached to the gallery, the client requested that the two spaces be kept separate.FATHOM proposed a new element to the gallery, an experience, where visitors could see and purchase works of art, and experience the artist's thoughts and intentions through the Little Witch brand, creating a gallery like a laboratory where works of art are created just for them. 

The process of transforming natural materials into works of art was categorized into four words, and based on these themes, an art-like architectural device was created, which visitors could walk through and experience.The design was based on the double structure of creating the overall space while creating the vase as an architectural device based on each theme that would not be defeated by the strength of the work, and although it was a small space of fewer than 10 tsubos, it ended up being a project that took a considerable amount of time.

A flowerbed was placed inside the gallery to match the existing large opening overlooking the old Ota River, creating the impression that the green landscape of the riverbank was bleeding into the gallery. To prevent the roots from rotting, the discarded water from the flower beds is caught by a glass funnel and a container, and by holding in the space what would normally flow and disappear,FATHOM hoped to convey the richness of the earth's life force in the brown liquid, like coffee. The flower beds are periodically replanted according to season and seasonality. The materials grown in this space will be used for future works of art, and the work is full of possibilities for the future.

The flowers, leaves, and berries that have grown up are plucked and encased in acrylic, giving them the beauty of life and the luster of jewels at the same time. To convey the beauty as if time has stopped,FATHOM thought of a staging that makes the flowers appear as if they were floating in the center of the space. Plants are divided into three elements: earth, stems, and flowers. Combining the flat structure of the earth and the vertical structure of the stems,devised a vase that looks like a desk placed upside down. 

The organic shape of the vase is inspired by the puddles of water that form on the ground after rainfall, and pipes that resemble round stems of various sizes rise from the base. The owner himself drilled a 1mm hole vertically in the cross-section of a 3mm round bar made of the same material as the acrylic clothed in the flower itself, connecting the flower/leaf/fruit and the vase in a way that even the craftsmen on site would be surprised to see. 

The wall on the side of Sorayasu Inou Shrine is lined with four iron boxes bearing the names of the seasons. The panels that block the existing openings are randomly placed with round holes so that light can penetrate through them and convey the world of the shrine as much as possible. When the lid of the box is opened, the flowers inside are classified in detail by type, and labels with the name of the variety and the language of the flowers are pasted on them. Even among the same type of flower, the shapes and colors of the forms created by nature vary widely when compared one by one. Here, visitors can choose flowers, leaves, and berries that match their skin color and frame, and select accessory parts such as earrings and necklaces to create one-of-a-kind accessories that are uniquely created for them.

To eliminate the connection with the atelier, an opening made by a small arch was made in the wall separating the two spaces. The selected flowers/leaves/fruits and metal fittings are brought into the atelier and joined together. When the stone wall luminaire glows, the door is opened again, and the work is completed only when the person wears it. It takes less than 20 minutes to complete the work. The spatial composition of the atelier and the gallery, two functions that are connected in one space, is such that they do not interfere with each other.


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