Out of Chaos, Japanese Designers Shape a Pop-Up Bar Made From Reed-Grass

Exterior view of Yoshi bar, courtesy Takeshi Asano

Exterior view of Yoshi bar, courtesy Takeshi Asano

Designer Naoya Matsumoto and her peers at Seian University of Art and Design have created a unique meeting space for students on the Japanese campus. Their creation, a pop-up bar, is created from six panels of locally-sourced reeds called Yoshi. The chaotic construction resembles a traditional gabled roof structure in abstract form. Each year, students of the design school are challenged to create objects from the Yoshi reeds which grow freely around Lake Biwa, an area close to the university campus.

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

The dried reeds which form the outer skin of the structure are connected at intersecting points, and explode outwards in a controlled, yet chaotic fashion. These intersecting reeds provide glimpses of the intimate bar space within, and at night, the use of flood lights creates an enchanting, glowing effect inside the pavilion.

With a production time of two days, the unique structure provides students a relaxing, breezy escape, and is also highly portable and recyclable.

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

Courtesy Takeshi Asano

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