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Behind Closed Doors – The Tsubo

Bircan Tulga Photography 2016

In collaboration with Hakwood and Shape London, Fraher Architects created a bespoke 1:20 interior as part of Behind Closed Doors, Hakwood’s installation for Clerkenwell Design Week 2018.

Marie,  our Part-1 Architectural Assistant, talked us through the concept and making process. 

“The design of the interior model is inspired by our project the Tea Garden. The box we were given had a very tall window so we decided it would be a good opportunity to recreate the Tea Garden House ‘tsubo’ and use it as a design feature where all the other elements evolve around it. We chose to compose the interior with only fitted furniture to represent our sister joinery company, Shape London and pastel colours present in the Japanese aesthetic.
All the elements are made of card and cut by hand. Veneer and coloured textured papers were added to make the joinery more realistic.”

What was the most difficult element of the model?

“The last components are meticulously placed at central position to enhance the calm and peaceful atmosphere of the interior.  A pendant light similar to a Japanese lantern that floats in between spaces and a branch of sea lavender in the courtyard that can be seen through the window.”