In the previous posts I introduced The Wing as a structural form and an organic shape. Those thoughts were contained within the thing itself but it’s natural to question how it will relate to its space. Several years ago, in the kind of brilliant thing he’d think, Matthieu introduced me to a “tokonoma”. We didn’t need to be talking about model railways and yet I kept thinking how we could apply what it represents to our model railway. Until The Wing, I couldn’t imagine a layout we would present this way.
- not attached the wall
- connected to the floor by a base that is furniture and finished that well
- as beautiful as a tree (the tree like the ones its members are crafted from)
It could drift out into the centre of the room but it need not. In considering its form I still see it against a wall or in front of a window. It doesn’t need a backdrop because it’s form should be the focal point for consideration. In reference to our design objectives of elegant form and a satisfactory layout things like staging or backdrops suggest there is not enough within what is here–so I am looking for something that is. It need not be connected or reach beyond because all we need is right here with us.
The heading image from Wikipedia: Tokonoma – Wikipedia
My favourite writing on the tokonoma form is this article by Garr Reynolds: Presentation Zen: Tokonoma and the art of the focal point
I am not done exploring this form but really grateful to finally have at least one example of something that feels right.