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Exhibition design, New York, NY 2021 [ + ]

A POPA collaboration as local architect with Sou Fujimoto on the exhibition design for Japan Society’s “When Practice Becomes Form: Carpentry Tools from Japan.” Through tools, patterns, and large-scale models of temples and timber joints loaned from the Takenaka Carpentry Tools Museum in Kobe, Japan, the show displays the artistry of the nation’s traditional wood structures, and indicates their relevance for construction practices today. The long stacked display table in the show’s first gallery is built from Douglas fir, the typical American lumber type, used in contrast to the Japanese cypress of the exhibited models. Joined with a minimum of fasteners, the table is designed to be easily unbuilt to allow reuse.

Photos: Naho Kubota

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