Japanese starchitect Kengo Kuma was commissioned to design a space for the 2016 Venice Biennale "Kitchen Home Project". To celebrate traditional foods and cooking paraphernalia, Kuma filled his "Floating Kitchen" with all sorts of containers. Various ceramic bowls, plates, vases, baskets, pots and pans help support the shelving structure, disrupting the kitchen order in a playful and unusual way.
Beijing Centre for the Arts‘ founder Weng Ling commissioned Kuma to create a unique kitchen design. So he came up with an assorted range of kitchenware supporting the kitchen’s shelving structure, instead of the other way around. The Floating Kitchen includes ceramic bowls and plates, wooden boxes, vases, woks, wicker baskets, pots are pans, all from Chengdu in China.
All these elements are used to create kitchen worktops and shelves at different heights to form the self-standing structure. Kuma described the installation as an assemblage of “structuralism objects – a primitive condition where objects come in indirect contact with people, and only the intensive aggregation and flow of those objects stand out in relief.”
The Kitchen Home Project also includes works by Dutch studio MVRDV and media artist Au Yeung Ying Chai and is on show at the Ca’ Tron palazzo until the September 30, 2016.
Photos by Julien Lanoo