The surfaces are snow white. Soft, diffused light floats through the space. And every edge is curved with precision. If it were plastic, the space might look like a gaudy alien spaceship. But rendered in paper, it’s ethereal, delicate, and gorgeous.
This is the Paper Cave, a concept by the Japanese architecture firm Kotaro Horiuch. It’s a pop-up room for business meetings or after-work hangouts, constructed from a fiberglass paper skeleton that hangs from the ceiling, a small army of LED lights, and a long, dipping tabletop that flows like a river through the room.
I imagine the Paper Cave as a sort of bouncy castle for creativity and office socialization, a novelty to get the staff through the dog days of summer, without the full-out “slide in your office” whimsy. Seriously, you only need to visit a few startups to see that nobody wants to be that guy who’s shooting hoops or taking a nap in the middle of a work environment. But hanging out in the GI tract of a Mead notebook? I could get used to that.
[Hat tip: Dezeen]