In 1783, the French architectural theorist Étienne-Louis Boullée drafted the architecture that was impossible to build – The Newton Monument. Boullée reflected his praise of Newton to the architecture without reserve, creating a spiritual shrine to preserve Newton’s achievements of philosophy.
Shaw Liu finds inspiration from the unrealized architectural artworks. Walking on the streets in Italy, Shaw Liu reflected on the past and the future, visible and invisible, and the extensive thought on the reflection of different objects in different hierarchical space.
Reflection is indirect expression of the state of an interaction.
When exposed to some kind of mirrored space, there will be a phantom-like life between people and the substance, and the objects become fickle because of the change of perspectives.
Multiple objects, various souls.
In front of the curved mirror image, facing the reflection, the true image is submerged in a closed chamber, a number of distorted illusions express themselves directly or indirectly.
Just like a place for the spirit.
“Derived from the illusion” is the design philosophy that the designer has been always adhering to.
The unique sense of illusion and the futurism from the arc-shaped stainless steel with mirror finishing and the undersound from the collision of the interflection of the light, the glass and the metal, are quiet and restless.
I’m fascinated by visual effects of hallucination from my personal sensory perspective. The visual power that comes along, to me is a form of inescapable self restructuring, and hence expressing the hidden, subtle and refined power through my products is my main design motivation.
“Derived from illusion”is the design philosophy I have been always adhering to.
SANCTUARY was inspired by the memorial hall designed by Étienne-Louis Boullée for Newton in 1783. The hollowing of stars in the dome symbolizes the eternal spirit of Newton. The brilliance of stars makes it possible for people to look forward to it. But it is only a draft and has never been built. The work of this dreamer has made me regret. I hope that this brilliance will serve as a symbol of Newton’s spirit, inspiration presents what I think is spiritual. I remember working home every night and being gratified to see the bright moon in the sky, so I want to leave the golden moon halo in my works.