POPULAR TODAY DESIGN

the warp and weft of finnish textiles by ima design office
original content
mar 07, 2013
the warp and weft of finnish textiles by ima design office


‘the warp and weft of finnish textiles’ by ima design office
a 30-meter long fabric panel connects a marimekko fabric

 

 

the exhibition, titled ‘the warp and weft of finnish textiles’ by japanese design office ima contrasts two sides of
finnish design and culture: the bright and colorful (warp) with the dark and brooding (weft). it takes place in the
gardens and treasure hall of the historic dazaifu-tetnmangu shrine in kyushu, japan. located outdoors, visitors
to the installation are greeted by fabric-wrapped planters in the shrine’s iris pond.

 

from there, a 30-meter long fabric panel connects a marimekko textile by japanese designer fujio ishimoto.
inside the treasure hall, cow print is used as a backdrop to the statue honoring the deified animal. as visitors continue
to the neighboring library – prints form lokki and joonas represent some of the exhibition’s more staid patterns.
built to house the meiji emperor for his planned visit in 1901, the chandeliers original to the space demonstrate
how dazaifu-tenmangu has sought to balance modernity with its 1,000-year history.
the show displays the
flexibility of fabric as a medium in general, using it to create not only flat surfaces, both horizontal and vertical,
but also to create solid forms of various shapes.

 

 

 
outdoors, visitors to the exhibit are first greeted by fabric-wrapped planters in the shrine’s iris pond.

 

 


inside the treasure hall, ima used marimekko’s kevatjuhla cow print as a backdrop to the statue honoring this deified animal.

 

 


visitors continue to the neighboring library where prints lokki and joonas represent some of the exhibition’s more staid patterns.

 

 


a statue of the unicorn-like kirin.

 

 


marimekko fabric to recreate the lost statue.

 

 


‘the lost statue had the pattern on its side looked remarkably like the famous unikko pattern.’

 

 


the street for the shrine.

 

 


treasure hall

 

 


treasure hall

 

project information:

 

 

organizer: dazaifu tenmangu shrine

support: kyushu national museum, museum centre vapriikki, look inc., the embassy of finland,
the finnish institute in japan, dazaifu tourist association

sponsor: marimekko

coordinator: biotope corp.

design: ima
art
direction: kei maeda (m&c saatchi)

 

 

designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.
see more project submissions from our readers
here.

comments policy
LOG IN VIA
login with designboom
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

product library