Firewood logs had been used as modular stackable components for the scenography of the BIO27 Tremendous Vernaculars design biennial in Ljubljana, Slovenia, which has been shortlisted for a 2023 Dezeen Award.
Curated by Jane Withers, the twenty seventh version of the town’s design biennial occurred on the Museum of Structure and Design (MAO) in the summertime of 2022.
The four-month presentation explored how designers and designers are adapting vernacular traditions and worth programs to reply to up to date challenges like water shortage, waste and declining biodiversity.
Equally, the temporary for the exhibition design was to rethink traditional parameters and contemplate sustainability within the context of a brief present.
Slovenian structure studio Medprostor selected to create the scenography from a available, domestically sourced materials that might be solely reused on the finish of the present.
“Partitions, planes, piles and contours of firewood are part of the Slovenian visible panorama, as nearly 59 per cent of the nation is forested,” mentioned Medprostor.
“By solely utilizing the usual logs and non-invasive stacking and binding strategies, all the fabric was returned to the provider for additional resale and use.”
Pre-cut to straightforward lengths, the logs had been oriented vertically and certain collectively to create tables and platforms of various heights and sizes all through the exhibit areas.
Among the logs had been notched of their tops to carry pictures and texts mounted on honeycomb cardboard sheets, which additionally shaped flat horizontal surfaces for displaying gadgets by taking part designers.
Bundles had been additionally laid on their sides to behave as low-lying show podiums for bigger items.
“The intention was to discover methods of stacking wooden which might be based mostly in conventional strategies however can on the similar time assist new shapes and strategies that evoke a way of contemporaneity,” Medprostor mentioned.
The gray and orange straps used to bind the wooden and to hold cardboard panels from the ceiling had been reused from the delivery business.
Just a few panels additionally integrated video screens or served as a backdrop for projections, including one other medium via which the curated initiatives might be articulated.
Medprostor collaborated with graphic designers Studio Kruh and AA to proceed the low-impact method to the exhibition graphics and signage, which had been primarily printed on-site on the museum.
Moreover, the firewood was capable of prolong its drying course of at some stage in the biennial, making it extra energy-efficient when lastly used as gasoline, in keeping with the studio.
“The drier the wooden, the upper heating worth and higher environmental footprint it has,” Medprostor mentioned. “Whereas within the museum, logs can dry moreover and be returned to the provider for additional resale with a greater ecological footprint.”
“The museum turns into part of the method of curing the wooden.”
The BIO27 Tremendous Vernaculars scenography has been shortlisted within the exhibition design class of the 2023 Dezeen Awards, together with a shrink-wrapped exhibition design by Didier Faustino and a showcase of recycled metal chairs by Daisuke Yamamoto.
The awards might be offered throughout a ceremony and occasion in London on Tuesday 28 November 2023, with artistic course by The Limitless Dream Firm.
The images is by Ana Skobe and Klemen Ilovar.
BIO27 Tremendous Vernaculars occurred on the Museum of Structure and Design (MAO), Ljubljana, Slovenia from 26 Might to 29 September 2022. See Dezeen Occasions Information for an up-to-date listing of structure and design occasions going down around the globe.
Location: Museum of Structure and Design (MAO), Ljubljana, Slovenia
Exhibition design: Medprostor: Rok Žnidaršič, Jerneja Fischer Knap, Katarina Čakš, Teja Gorjup
Graphic design: Studio Kruh + AA
Curator: Jane Withers
Assistant curator: Ria Hawthorn
BIO27 director: Anja Radović