Swedish architect Gert Wingårdh has teamed up with Dutch illustrator Kustaa Saksi to create a stunning pavilion for the Stockholm Furniture & Light Fair, which is currently taking place. The installation is made up of “1,120 stacks consisting of a total of 11,000 A3 sheets in 44,000 points of attachment” which fill a 200 sqm area.
The idea of floating pieces paper is an interesting one because it allows Wingårdh to create a space while giving Saksi a canvas, albeit an unconventional one, on which to show showcase his art. The combination is impressive to say the least. The layers of paper have such depth, especially when viewed from below in conjunction with the art, almost like convex, multi-colored fish scales. Or perhaps the inside of a cathedral?
The design suggests a church interior, with rows of high tables in front of an ‘altar’ where panels hold sway. The table tops are made of a mirror laminate and balance on stacks of A3 paper sheets – 700,000 in total. The entire dome-like structure consists of stacks of paper sheets that hang from the roof in a Venetian blind-like construction. The lowest sheet in each stack carries part of a gigantic illustration that forms the dome-shaped ceiling. Preparations for construction have been going on for months and the actual raising of the dome is something of a never-ending task. “Precision in all the preliminary work is crucial. and are then gradually hoisted up,” reports Sanna Gebeyehu.
At the end of the post is a video of the set-up which is also pretty interesting to see. At first it seems like not a lot is going on. Then at the :36 second mark you they lift the entire piece and you start to get a sense of how big an undertaking this installation was. Wish I could see this in person, I’m sure it’s fantastic.
Photos by Tord-Rikard Söderström