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molo was asked by Architecture for Humanity to create a booth for their space at Dwell on Design in Los Angeles. We were inspired by omikuji – fortunes written on strips of paper at temples and shrines in Japan. We created a “wishing wall” by cutting hundreds of slits into a kraft paper softwall; visitors to the booth were asked to write a wish on a slip of paper, fold it in half, and affix it to the wall by sliding the paper into one of the slots. At the beginning of the show, the wall was empty. Over the course of three days, as hundreds of wishes accumulated, the surface of the wall began to blossom.
softseating fanning stools (part of molo’s system of flexible paper furniture) were used to create low tables with a wishing well-like opening in the centre; one to hold paper cranes, and the other to hold donations (for a reconstruction initiative in Japan). The paper cranes were folded by members of Students Rebuild, an organization that mobilizes young poeople to connect, learn and take action on global issues.
Architecture for Humanity has written about the event and shared some of the wishes left on the wishing softwall. Read more at architectureforhumanity.org