Beyond Hinemihi and its nurturing of witchcraft and craftsmanship, Smout Allen’s Lunar Wood installation speculates on intriguing mythical beliefs and traditional attitudes that pervade our understanding of natural materials. The installation takes the form of a counter-balanced wooden landscape where equilibrium is disturbed and reset by bursts of air from below and the swinging movement of weights from above triggering the landscape to move in a rhythmic wave. The surface can be seen and heard to resonate with the fluctuating and reciprocal push and pull of natural cycles. Smout Allen teach at The Bartlett.
We say “Wonky curtains” as in the curtains are not rectangular because the floor and ceiling are not parallel. Modern architectural haberdashery dictates that for such curtains to be drawn correctly (i.e. that the curtain covers the wall in its entirety), wonky curtains must have their standing position at the highest point on the wall: a wonky curtain draws down. In the depiction below, the track is shown exposed but of course it would be recessed into the ceiling. Adrian having worked out the wonky curtain solution, frustratingly at first learns that someone has created the same solution: Maison Martin Margiela. Or is it that great minds think alike?