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Dec 20, 2009


Perforation is one very useful technique to be used in design. From architecture facades to wall partitions to even rugs, the puncturing of a series of small holes allows a play on geometric forms, shadow and light to pretty dramatic effect.

London practice ThreefoldArchitects completed the luxurious Ladderstile House, a courtyard house on Richmond Park in London featuring a beautiful veil of stainless steel panels perforated with an abstracted foliage design.

Nakayama Architects' ultra modern Boukyo House located in Sapporo, Japan, makes an artful use of perforated walls, which cast a spectacular pattern reminiscent of detailed delicate filigree work into the rooms during the day.

Vietnamese designer Martin Mostböck incorporated laser cut craters in the design for his rug called Dark Side of the Moon. The result is a little on the whimsical side, but it definitely makes for a great conversational piece. Oh, and did I mention this rug is a limited edition in celebration of the 40th anniversary of the moon landing (July 20, 1969)?

The project was conceived by Plataforma de Arquitectura from the will of building a space of multiple relationships between the interior and exterior, maintaining the intimacy of two design studios. Perforation gives a particular gesture to the warped surface made out of metal sheets, transforming it into a facade that lights up in several levels through day and night, according to the activities within.

With a beautiful facade like that, it's hard not to make heads turn. Austria-based Söhne & Partner Architekten designed the Hotel Caldor located in Münchendorf, Austria with the aim of featuring the perforated façade panels, which not only shade the spaces inside but also displays the hotel logo in an abstract manner.

Copenhagen studio WE Architecture has completed the interior of a tea shop in Copenhagen, Denmark, which features an image of a teapot picked out in back-lit perforations on the counter and shelves.

To concentrate on how Konstantin Grcic's industrial-looking Myto chair looks is to miss the point, but you can't help but feel its perforated seat just looks too similar to a car grille or the metal mesh at the end of an electric razor. Well, what would you expect, really? The chair even got its name from a motorcycle: Cagiva’s Mito, a sporty Italian bike released in 1989...


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rayoflight said...

Nice post. I've helped you found another example:

yehaw said...

ive seen the t shop in real life by we architecture. it is simply beautiful. great find.