Moonwalk – MOSTIP | EASTERN Design Office

• May 23, 2010

Japanese studio EASTERN design office has designed the MOSTIP shoe shop in one of the huge shopping mall in Japan. With its dynamic form, the triangle was shaped from the moon to give the sense of non-static, the shoes are displayed and placed on it, as symbolizing an invisible man enjoying a moonwalk.

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Moonwalk - MOSTIP, image courtesy of Koichi Torimura

+ Project description courtesy of EASTERN design office

This is a portion of the moon, a tip of a huge thing.

This is a shoe shop built in a huge shopping mall. Two big and small triangles are placed in a space of 9m x 12.5m x 4m.

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Moonwalk - MOSTIP, image courtesy of Koichi Torimura

The triangles have the shape of the moon that is cut. There are two portions of the moon. Two triangles have some large and small craters same as the moon.

Shoes are displayed on the big triangle. They are placed as if an invisible man is enjoying a moonwalk. An arrow tip shaped triangle is not floating, rather it is slightly touching on the ground with a tension as if it were to start moving.

One side of the entire wall is covered by a mirror, therefore the space seems enlarged twice, and the number of triangles may increase from two to three or four with the angle one looks into the space. Moreover, the big triangle will change its form into a diamond.

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Moonwalk - MOSTIP, image courtesy of Koichi Torimura

Sneakers walking on the moon

24 craters are on a big triangle, and another 15 on a small one. Five different sizes of craters are used. They are like fireworks.

They are designed like a mold of fireworks. The mold of fireworks should be a perfect ball shape made out of paper. To display perfect radial fireworks to decorate a night sky, the mold into which gunpowder is charged should also be a perfect ball. Therefore, many perfect globular forms are engraved into the triangle.

A tip of the triangle can be seen as a part of an iceberg. It is only a portion. As the design encourages various ways of seeing the space, a tip of the iceberg represents a way of shop management in which many potentials are to be developed in the future. Whether the space looks heavy or light is up to the people and how they see it.

+ Project credits / data

Project: Mostip
Location: Shiga Japan
Completion: 2008
Client: SPOCAZI
Total floor area: 113.70m2
Design team: EASTERN design office
Photographer: Koichi Torimura
Constructor: Daihohiiragi Co., Ltd

+ All images and drawings courtesy of EASTERN design office | Photo by Koichi Torimura

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Category: Commercial, Interior

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