affect studio: hashi mori chopstick forest affect studio: hashi mori chopstick forest
apr 10, 2012

affect studio: hashi mori chopstick forest

hashi mori chopstick forest at ‘izakaya japanese kitchen’ by affect studio, berlin, germany all images courtesy of affect studio

 

 

berlin and los angeles-based design firm affect studio (sofia borges and bjørn hoffmann) has sent us exclusive images of ‘izakaya japanese kitchen’, a restaurant located in the center of berlin. hovering over the main seating area is an installation of hand dyed chopsticks, all 13,454 of which have been drilled, threaded and attached to a suspended ceiling. overall, the canopy is a union between the traditional symbolism of the material and the modern technology used to design the feature. overall, the chopstick forest measures 56 sq. meters (602 sq. feet), uses 20 kilometers (12 miles) of nylon and took a crew of 14 people three weeks to complete.

 

 

view of the undulating chopstick canopy

 

 

interior view from seating level

 

 

view from below 

 

 

custom textured wallpaper 

 

 

custom wallpaper, hand drawn on the computer and processed by a customized script, is hung on the back wall of the restaurant. due to the lighting, the texture is recognizable from far away as a forest with the word ‘hashi’ visible in the surface, but from close up, it dissolves into a line drawing. 

 

 

seating area

 

 

detail of inset lighting 

 

 

exterior signage 

 

façade of restaurant 

 

 


the making of hashi mori 
video © affect studio

 

 

the staining of the chopsticks

 

 

nylon is woven through the top 

 

 

the chopsticks are attached to canvas and suspended from the ceiling 

 

 

process images

 

 

view from above

 

 

rendering of suspended chopsticks 

 

division of installation into eight units 

 

exterior elevation 

  • good work

    NuNu says:
  • I have heard, it is bad Feng shui to have sharp objects overhead in your home. ..but this is a restaurant.

    I love these very labor intensive installations. It requires a level of commitment from all parties.

    Nicely done.

    Jim C. says:

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