designed by japanese studio we+, ‘swell’ is an installation that visualizes wind and light movement through pieces of meshed fabric with over 300,000 small mirrors attached to them. nine wide screens of four different sizes were installed in the courtyard of an urban district in the center of tokyo. carefully positioned, each piece captures different aspects of the surroundings by following the wind flow and reflecting light, and creates stereophonic scenery.

swell installation by we+ vizualizes the movement of wind and light designboom



the gentle movement of the installation allows the reflection of light and surroundings to be seen as if they were ‘hidden’ behind a mesh. experiencing these phenomena encapsulates a comfortable space as the pieces move like a creature breathing, revealing various aspects of the environment from day and night.



we+ is a contemporary design studio established in 2013 by toshiya hayashi and hokuto ando based in tokyo. the designers develop their experimental approach to products, installations, and graphics, by combining unconventional materials and technology to shift perspectives. 



swell installation by we+ vizualizes the movement of wind and light designboom



swell installation by we+ vizualizes the movement of wind and light designboom




swell installation by we+ vizualizes the movement of wind and light designboom


project info:


design: we+

collaborator: NBC meshtec inc

location: tokyo

mirrors size: 10mm x 20mm


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