Inspired by the work of Japanese architect Tadoa Ando. Ando’s designs fixate on the balance of nature and architecture, exploring states of spiritual transcendence and tranquillity through their interaction. Of these elements, Ando is perhaps most fascinated by the role of illumination. Aptly, his work has been described as ‘the poetry of light’. Some of Ando’s most iconic designs take this as their focus: The Church of Light, built in Osaka, makes use of an illuminated cross that cuts through an austere, concrete structure. Ando’s architecture demonstrates that light can have just as profound an impact on a space as any physical medium.
Tarazi responds to Ando’s poetical approach to architecture with the ‘Va-et-Vient’, a geometric design that explores repetition, ratio and enclosure. A statement piece, ‘Va-et-Vient’ is composed of an external rectangle structure that encloses a bold cube of light. Crafted from scrap metal or wood, the ‘Va-et-Vient’ revels in the raw materiality of its construction.
‘Va-et-Vient’ also features a playful modular design: to operate the light, the user must move the outer box. Tarazi invites users to interact with the design and through this, the idea of light, to consider its influence on their own spaces.