Misty Bamboo Exhibition Design
To succinctly express the nation’s identity, Misty Bamboo took inspiration from a traditional ink painting "Misty Bamboo on a Distant Mountain", and the icon of tea — a world-renowned Taiwanese export steeped in culture and time. Together, the elements of tea, bamboo, and ethereal, misty landscape distill the nation’s design roots — an appreciation for quiet sophistication and reflection, seen in the understated, elegant lifestyles of ancient scholars. This interpretation of design’s ancient cultural roots thus became a window into the nation’s modern design ambitions.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Creative Expo Taiwan showcases and promotes the very best design talent and products from Taiwan to an international audience. For 2016, KYDO created host country Taiwan’s main exhibition hall. The space had to fulfill multiple ambitious design goals includes conveying the cultural identity of Taiwan, exhibiting a uniquely Taiwanese perspective on design and lifestyle, while showcasing harmoniously various products within its space, each with a different story to say.
Visitors traverse the space by walking along the central gallery, an experience akin to the slow, poetic unveiling of a scrolled painting.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
A serene respite, the gallery harmonizes disparate products on display by being a neutral, understated, and contemplative space. Visitors spy discrete display zones through the diffused light of the polypropylene, a peekaboo concept rooted in Chinese landscape design’s idea of borrowed scenery. This foreshadowing buffers the transition between different areas of the hall, even as visitors traverse and experience different display zones during the length of their visit.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started from March 7th 2016 and finished the implementation of the exhibition on April 19th 2016 at HuaShan Creative Park Taipei.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interior Space and Exhibition Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Tea canisters as the cultural icon of the nation line the corridor, while light filters softly through the bamboo. A dialogue between the natural and the industrial, light refracted through the hollow polypropylene sheets present an ever-shifting view of the bamboos behind as you walk. Bamboos appear to sway in mist and wind as they shift in perspective, while the abstracted silhouettes present a modern interpretation of the painting’s brushstrokes.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Site Area: 362 square meters
Keng yu, exhibition, Creative Expo, Bamboo, Taiwan, culture, tea, lifetyle
Misty Bamboo is derived from the expression of an artistic concept of the traditional Chinese ink painting in landscape. The research was done on the characteristics of ink painting and the effect on reflections by different material.
It has always been a struggle for Taiwan to have its own unique identity. In order to create the most fitting image for lifestyle design to differentiate Taiwan from other Asia regions, a significant amount of research had to be developed. The other design challenge was to display the vast variety of products range with harmony and consistency within the space, while remaining a strong interpretation of the design theme.
TEAM MEMBERS (4) :
Collaborator & Execution: FreeImage Design, Exhibition Curator: Chun-liang Chen, Art Display Direction: Zhi-Ren Zheng and Photography: Te-Fan Wang
Te Fan Wang