Moon Space Capsule x Reading Room x Nikko Hill Bookstore
<Moon Space Program - Space Capsule>
Life is surrounded by an abundance of everyday items. Convenience defines our lives, making things swift. Food comes in instant packaging, just needing a microwave to heat up. Clothes are designed with "heat-tech" for winter and "cold-tech" for summer. We reside in standardized concrete boxes, watching television and surfing the internet. Transportation compresses and distorts time and distance. Over the past decade, our lifestyles have undergone significant changes, leaving us passively disconnected, stagnant, and bewildered alongside billions of others.
The repetitive nature of each day has perhaps disconnected me from my surroundings, from the environment I inhabit. It's as if I'm living in a floating solitary galaxy, experiencing a growing sense of isolation from the outside world and myself. The lack of control over technology and the unpredictability it brings have robbed us of our ability to imagine the romantic and sentimental aspects of life. Enclosed within a world of home appliances, we mechanically accelerate through our daily routines, almost like departing from Earth, floating in our own gravity-less universe.
<Moon Space Program - Space Capsule>The initial creation of this project dates back to 2012 when the concept of the "Space Capsule" was first realized. In 2021, in collaboration with the "Sunlit Mountain Forest Book Garden," the concept was expanded to incorporate elements of a solitary reading room. The main addition inside the capsule is a rotating chair, allowing viewers to sit alone inside and explore the interior.
Inside, a lightbox was added, designed to house and introduce a book. This setup enables viewers to immerse themselves in the world of the book while surrounded by the electrified space-like environment. The fluorescent green transparent roof corresponds to the play of light and raindrops under the camphor tree.
Furthermore, meticulous attention was given to the overall design, color palette, and material choices, all of which align with the environmental spirit of the "Sunlit Mountain Forest Book Garden." Through the reinterpretation of existing materials, this project seeks to capture the essence of nature, elegance, and fantasy. It invites individuals to enter, sit on a chair, read a book, and be accompanied by a tree.