suckerPUNCH: describe your project.
james LENG: The project delves deeply into issues of form + graphic, contextualized through a small design museum in Tokyo tailored for the work of Japanese designer Sori Yanagi.
The project sought to create spatial complexity and visual defamiliarization through refining techniques of intersection between quasi-platonic geometries. These intersection tactics explores the distinction between a close-form intersection where the edges of intersection define a distinct shape, and an open intersection where the boundaries of intersection begin to blur. Furthermore, the concrete of the exterior creates a materiality of contrast against the geometric manipulations of the interior. The exterior is both normative in its fairly strict form and its modular unit of construction, while apertures puncturing the external facade begin to suggest non-normative conditions on the interior.
sP: what or who influenced this project?
jL: Neil Denari, SANAA, Otl Aicher, Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko
sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?
jL: Cut Copy, Scissor Sisters, Anamanaguchi, Grum
sP: whose work is currently on your radar?
jL: SANAA, Idenburg+Liu, DS+R, Sou Fujimoto, Snohetta, UNStudio