Mondrian pavilion by Hiroshi Sugimoto in Venice

Mondrian pavilion by Hiroshi Sugimoto in Venice

On Designboom I read about Hiroshi Sugimoto, Japanese photographer and artist, who has created an unique temporary glass pavillion at Le Stanze del Vetro in Venice.

The ‘glass tea house Mondrian’ is based on a traditional tea house, but can contain only two people plus the tea master. It does a good job  combining wood, glass, stone and water in an innovative way.

I decided that a Japanese transliteration of the name ‘mondrian’ would be an ideal name. I combined three characters that betoken ‘a modest house where one can hear the birds sing. I like to think that this tea house was designed by Mondrian after he heard Sen No Rikyû speaking to him through the singing of the birds. Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto worked together with traditional craftsman and tea masters from Kyoto. It looks like the tea house has been brought back to its’ bare essentials compared to the traditional version and Sugimoto elevated it to a new level. The exhibition and the tea ceremonies in Venice runs until 22 November.