affect studio: hashi mori chopstick forest
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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