With the effects of the pandemic, which has caused great changes in our living habits, our approaches to the concept of “home” have gradually changed. Thinking that our homes are shelters and should reflect who we are and how we live, we all started to think about what we wanted to change with a fresh perspective. At the same time, we realized that we are neighbors and need each other, with the feeling of global solidarity prevailing all over the world during this period. “Village” is a collection of miniature sculptures made of natural stone, in which internationally renowned designers and architects interpret the concept of the house. The designs focus on the idea that no matter where or who we are, we are not so different from each other when it comes to the needs of human life and that we can meet on a common ground.
Designed by Spanish designer Patricia Urquiola, winner of numerous international awards, “Kore” consists of three stone houses. Expressed by the designer as a reflection of indoor spaces that have become even more important with the pandemic, Korea aims to convey the feelings of warmth and sincerity. Urquiola chose the name Korea for her design to refer to Greek sculptures depicting young women on the verge of adulthood. She preferred to use the marble with magnificent colors and veins and travertine reflecting textural traces.
Designed by New York-based design studio Yabu Pushelberg, “Assembly” consists of 3 sculptures emphasizing the unpredictable and authentic beauty of life. The sculptures are made of limestone, inspired by the fluidity of the ancient city of Petra, which was carved from limestone blocks. Three sculptures representing the individual, society, and their intersections are named Self, Collective, and Convergence. Each piece, that can exist on its own, creates a meaningful whole when combined.
“Novecento” was designed by Italian architect Rodolfo Dordoni as a combination of architecture, sculpture and design. The sculptures, which are on the line between fun and rationality, are made with red, white and green marble and limestone materials. Representing a multi-shaped world, each sculpture in the design works wonderfully on its own, reflecting the sense of belonging when juxtaposed.
“MA House”, designed by Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, emphasizes that no matter how imperfect the house is, it should still be a warm environment. In the 12 cm-long design, Kuma expressed that the shape is the least important element and created the form of the design with simple, childlike silhouettes that remind the image of a universal home. Shaped with travertine and marble, the MA House got its name from the “Kanji” sign, which refers to existence through the Japanese terms of relationship, interval and pause.