In his installation at the Maruhiro Flagship store in Nagasaki prefecture, Japanese designer Yusuke Seki used 25,000 pieces of imperfect ‘Shinikiji’ ceramics as bricks, stacking them to create a platform/floor to support simple timber plinths that showcase the products on sale.
Feeding into our serious “brick love“, we looked closer into how Seki transformed the pottery into a new architectural material to make his fantastic floor (not to mention the cultural history and meaning he references including wabi-sabi)
Although Seki doesn’t go into the exact process, its clear from photos and his brief description that he used concrete both to fill the vessels (making stacking possible and strengthening them)…
…and to “glue” them together to make a platform strong enough to stand on.
We are knocked out by these new “bricks” and are filing them in our “materials” file for some future use…(a wall, coffee table, bathroom floor (with spaces filled in with concrete)….