Kaz Shirane-Wink Space
At Design Interviews
Interview with KAZ Shirane : Frank Scott: What is the main principle, idea and inspiration behind your design?. KAZ Shirane : Architecture should be change Soft, Light and Moving.
.Frank Scott: What has been your main focus in designing this work? Especially what did you want to achieve?. KAZ Shirane : This work is a first Zipper Architecture in the world.
We considered how architecture can move and what is influenced by moving.
So We focus on window. .Frank Scott: What are your future plans for this award winning design?. KAZ Shirane : This moment is the first time to award in foreign country.
We want to be known by lots of people.
So we would like to become a bridge between abroad and Japan for young generation designer.
.Frank Scott: How long did it take you to design this particular concept?. KAZ Shirane : This work is the third prototype based on this idea. First of all works got 1st prize of furniture competition judged by Toyo Ito,2007. The second work is booth design which got DSA award that is one of most prestigious prize of space design in Japan,2012. This work takes 2months to solve problems, and 1month to make it. .Frank Scott: Why did you design this particular concept? Was this design commissioned or did you decide to pursuit an inspiration?. KAZ Shirane : I believe this idea is suitable for 21st architecture concept. .Frank Scott: Is your design being produced or used by another company, or do you plan to sell or lease the production rights or do you intent to produce your work yourself?. KAZ Shirane : We pleased to talk with them.
And we will develop the work together. .Frank Scott: What made you design this particular type of work?. KAZ Shirane : I think architect should challenge for experiment. .Frank Scott: Where there any other designs and/or designers that helped the influence the design of your work?. KAZ Shirane : Japanese traditional house is useful.
For example, Fusuma, Shoji.
Because when I was childhood, I used them to make a own room or party room for parents. .Frank Scott: Who is the target customer for his design?. KAZ Shirane : At first we have to think about that can zipper be used for architecture.
.Frank Scott: What sets this design apart from other similar or resembling concepts?. KAZ Shirane : Not only big kaleidoscope but also making a kaleidoscope changing by the movement of the person.
It means the space has like a emotion. .Frank Scott: How did you come up with the name for this design? What does it mean?. KAZ Shirane : The panels could be always opened and closed, So it seems like a "WINK". .Frank Scott: Which design tools did you use when you were working on this project?. KAZ Shirane : computation:Rhino and grasshopper
Manual: laser-cut .Frank Scott: What is the most unique aspect of your design?. KAZ Shirane : To use zipper for creating a scpace .Frank Scott: Who did you collaborate with for this design? Did you work with people with technical / specialized skills?. KAZ Shirane : We should think all of them from start point. but many sponsor contribute material for this work.
we appreciate them. .Frank Scott: What is the role of technology in this particular design?. KAZ Shirane : To make a new culture. .Frank Scott: Is your design influenced by data or analytical research in any way? What kind of research did you conduct for making this design?. KAZ Shirane : Origami which is traditional play in Japan is useful.
.Frank Scott: What are some of the challenges you faced during the design/realization of your concept?. KAZ Shirane : Until now, the zipper has been developed for a soft cloth. However, by using the new technology such as laser-cut and computation design. I've managed to connect with hard planes to each other. .Frank Scott: How did you decide to submit your design to an international design competition?. KAZ Shirane : We want to work world wide and know people who has different culture each other.
Italy is one of most prestigeous country about design. .Frank Scott: What did you learn or how did you improve yourself during the designing of this work?. KAZ Shirane : Vision and Dream is super important.
If we think about only technical things, the work was not realized.
.Frank Scott: Any other things you would like to cover that have not been covered in these questions?. KAZ Shirane : I could answer everything! .
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