Mock Up exhibition is taking place in Shanghai from the 4th of August until the 2nd of September and explores the relationship between people and the spaces they live in and what creative responses 10 Chinese architects and designers have to reimagining these spaces. Mock Up is curated by Liu Yuyang, Feng Lu and Wang Weiwei.
Yu Ting & Uno Wei
Yu Ting originally wanted to represent the bathroom as depicted in ancient literature – a place for the mind and soul. However due to practical limitations, Yu Ting had to concentrate on focusing on the experience of these places in literature, rather than a literal representation. Yu Ting and Uno Wei decided to completely abstract the bathroom into the senses of light, sound, aroma, fabric and reflection. They say that this abstraction represents a dilemma in real life – nothing is quite how it seems and nothing is ever as good as you imagine it.
The series of two rooms, one with fibre optic cables hanging from the ceiling in a completely black room give you the feeling you are playing the role of god, looking over the lights of the city, whilst the second room with a series of inflatable cubes stacked into a wall with an undulating and pulsating light makes the viewer uneasy and makes you question the purpose of rooms and experiences in the home.
Atelier Deshaus had the opportunity to design a reading room and is a very literal interpretation. The room is made up of old magazines and discarded bulldog/butterfly clips. Each magazine is spread out into 4 wings and connected to another magazine, eventually forming a wall. The roof of the structure is also made of magazines clipped together in a simpler formation, but with dramatic effect.
Their response comes from the fact that books are now merely used as decoration in homes rather than being read and studied.
Zhang Bin and Zhou Wei
This duo worked on the privacy of the bedroom. The concept was based on the idea of the bedroom being the place where traditionally two bodies share the same space coordinating and interacting. They extrapolated this and created two transparent layers, representing the two people and hope to encourage visitors to explore the spaces.
Zhang Jiajing (GOM)
Jiajing explored the concept of the modular house and high density living by utilizing a 3.3m3 space to developing a living and working house. Purely a concept the house is experimental and is looking more at our reaction to such a small space in a large public gallery and how we define how we live ourselves.
Feng Guochuan had by far the most fun with being tasked to design the children’s room. He argues that our aesthetic taste is too concerned with our vision, rather than the experience or feeling of a space. The children’s room reconsiders the notion of stability in a house by placing a large canvas box on large springs and inviting people in to experience a space in a completely new way. Stability of space is taken for granted and therefore ignored.