Japan House Bar / Hexagonal stream
Japan House Bar / Hexagonal Stream
Sohoko designed a portable sake bar for Japan House London, first launched at the British Museum Great Court.
The stand is constructed from 20 aluminium hexagon units. Their subtle asymmetrical geometry was developed from the Japan House logo, developed into five hexagons that pack away concentrically, similar to nested matryoshika. The entire stand can be stored in an area of 1.5 square metres.
The 20 units can interconnect into hundreds of different alternative arrangements, allowing stands that can be assembled to respond and bend to many contexts and uses like a meandering stream, following their own geometric logic. Held in this subtle tension, the stands delight in its temporary eccentricity, and self-generated form, set against various unusual historic London locations that the bar appears in.
The scattered openings across the surface reflect hand carrying positions for easy manoeuvring. These holes appear as seemingly irregular illuminated bubbles, that reveal the fineness of the aluminium edge.
The stand will support various events in advance of the opening of Japan House’s permanent home in Kensington High Street.
Commissioned by: Japan House London
Purpose: Mobile bar / stand / for various locations (design + fabrication)
Digital: Scripted elements to develop design for digital fabricated elements
All photos Image Credit : Andy Stagg