‘Maison Dépliée’, a foldable pavilion designed by ARCHIEE


‘Maison Dépliée’, a foldable pavilion designed by ARCHIEE

Maison Dépliée (literally “Unfolded House”) is a foldable pavilion designed by Paris-based design firm ARCHIEE, which was realized for the “365-A Day in Japan” exhibition, organized by Itochu Fashion System and set up at Maison&Objet Paris in January 2020. The same structure was then rearranged for the ‘IFS-Future Laboratory’ in Tokyo the following month.
The concept behind the design was that of an easily transportable modular exhibition unit formally inspired by the typical Japanese house and realized using traditional construction techniques. Each unit is made up of six panels, consisting of a wooden frame covered in white fabric, that inevitably refer both to the Shoji frames (light walls that separate the rooms of the Japanese house, made of rice paper and wood) and the Byobu decorated screens.
In order to comply with the European regulations on exhibition fittings, it was necessary to use fabric instead of paper, but replacing the material proved to be a winning choice since the fabric hinges are more resistant than paper ones and white fabric is also an excellent light diffuser.
The hinges of the Byobu screens, which inspired the designers, permit a 360-degree rotation that allows the individual modules to be stacked and stored efficiently, facilitating transport and assembly procedures. The complete rotation allowed by the hinges required the insertion of some horizontal tie rods which lock the structure in position once opened.








above, ARCHIEE, ‘Maison Dépliée’, photos Ikuo Yamashita.
Images courtesy of ARCHIEE

‘Maison Dépliée’
design: ARCHIEE
Type: installation
Area: 50m2
Date: 2020
Client: Itochu Fashion system
Photos: Ikuo Yamashita
Place: Maison et Object 2020 | Pairs
IFS Future Laboratory | Tokyo
© ARCHIEE 2020

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