Entitled “X”, the Tokyo Exchange feature designed for the Interior Design Show (IDS) Vancouver 2017 is shaped in its namesake. Landmarking the entrance of the convention hall, the design is conceived as two linear elements arching diagonally above the exhibit space, touching ground only at their terminal ends. The lower bar is characterized as a bridge, the upper bar as a pier: by means of these infrastructures we metaphorically connect East and West. Products from Japanese designers We+ and Design For Industry are showcased.
Trade show booths often rely on perimeter enclosure to maximize exposure. Tokyo X turns completely inside out in instead, creating four wedge-shaped approaches that visitors engage and interact all around. The horizontal planes generate a vast emptiness surrounding the products, giving each piece the negative space it needs to tell its story.