Protected Spaces

COSMOS AND MICROCOSMOS

Moved by a feeling of absolute freedom (as in the vast expanse of the cosmos) combined with the illusion of security (as in the cell structure of a microcosm), more and more people wish to live in the city. To support this modern urban attitude to life, Chiyoda presents “protected spaces“ with the appropriate decors and colours as the fourth theme of “Blurring Borders.”

The town dweller of today is in search of a home situation, which optimally meets his heterogeneous needs. “protected spaces“ shows what this must look like and how it is achieved. The forms, colours and materials described here impart an ambience like that of a world beyond time and space. But as proved by the mood board created by Chiyoda, there are sufficient examples from architecture and interior design to show that this theme be- longs absolutely to this world

Perhaps the most important cause of the trend described here is an increasingly to be observed, inconsistent world of emotions of the consumers. People wish to be able to move freely inside their own four walls. Ideally, a large-size window should allow a view into the surrounding area. At the same time, how- ever, they want to be absolutely certain that they are not being observed. The demand is for translucent materials, which nevertheless ensure freedom from observation.

Our readiness to accept limitations in our way of life was perhaps never so low as today. But at the same time, our need for protection is growing. Increasingly we refuse to allow the public access to ourselves, but we want un- limited access to the public. This could be de- scribed as osmosis of freedom. The materials must be semi-permeable, or must at least seem to be.

From a distance, each form must appear to have been cut from a single stone (monolithic) and to be closed, even if, when seen from a closer distance, a filigree structure with many small openings appears. The inner rooms are rather austere. There is a great deal of white and grey, intended to make the rooms appear spacious. In the forms here preferred, the cross-border interplay between a stringent geometric and organic line pattern determines the style. Everything that is capable of incorporating the torn world of emotions described here is in demand.

Author: Frank Stein for CHIYODA

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