The principle of combining cells, stuffed with translucent polyurethane wool from recycled plastic, creates the guiding principle to conceive numerous objects varying in size and dimension. The racks holding the translucent shapes are designed as the counterpart – slender, dematerialized, black, reductive, and graphical, they strengthen the aspects of lightness. From the worked-up fibers of banana plants, the objects of this series of luminous sculptures are made and assembled in Bali.
After a visit to a small paper factory run by a Japanese paper maker, Alexis Dornier, an architectural designer, was inspired by the intimate manufacturing process and the unique aspects of the handmade raw material to create something out of paper.
Being equally passionate about “the Random”, the intuition, and the “lucky accident”, which he likes to add to the rational story of a task. Despite “the clear idea,” the counterpart to gesture and form is the atmosphere – enhanced through material and texture.
Alexis has brought the rational and the intuitive together in the Tamashī Jiwa collection, after intensive discussions, experimentation, and countless iterations. The collection depicts craftsmanship, especially the skill of thoughtful joinery, as an integral part of anything being made – beyond the sign, gesture, and symbol.
Drawing inspiration from various mundane, functional objects for the project, such as down jackets, blankets, and stuffed cushions, Alexis has captured the notion of comfort, softness, and the casual into the luminous sculptures. The cells, out of which these sculptures are conceived, are stitched and sewed together, combined to form their predominant character. The seams add rhythm and melody. The threat from which the cells are connected pays tribute to the actual fiber of the paper itself – holding itself together.
Designer: Alexis Dornier
Banana Paper: Naruse
Photo and Videographer: Pete Kamynin