In the late 1960s, Renard Coren found a response to the nature of life in Japanese culture and defined it as “ideal beauty,” which was wabi-sabi. Wabi Sabi is not a form of destruction, simplicity and the original state of the real, nor is it a sense of decline, alienation and bleak emotional correspondence, but involved in the aesthetic category based on nature, and to a certain extent to restore the rational and balance of the art of life.
Such poetic and philosophical aesthetic and perceptual tendencies cultivate our appreciation and insight into the ordinary and ordinary details and the easily overlooked beauty of nature. In addition to the materiality itself, things also have a special spiritual meaning, so as to form a new and pure basis of beauty. This coincides with the brand concept of CYCLELAB, a weekly laboratory, which follows the “natural law and tries to restore the establishment of cycle order”.
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As a “medical skin care brand with pioneering laboratory spirit”, CYCLELAB takes the skin cycle as the research object and advocates the restoration of nature, the reconstruction of order and the shaping of aesthetics. The clear, positive and positive brand consciousness points to the spatial form, and the youth, the new and the awakening of self-cognition become the constituent elements and spiritual connotation of the field expression.
In the planning layout, four arc-shaped walls with a radius of 1.68m are built with the help of the faint axis of the lamp belt. They are collaged together in reverse to form a perfect circle, implying the continuous and cyclic time flow. “Cycle” is not only the brand name, but also the concept core of precise positioning and scientific exploration of the brand.
The Earth’s north-south longitude, or meridian, along with the East-west latitude defines position and direction, as well as space and time. At the intersection of longitude and latitude, “time” is presented in the form of a frozen hourglass. Through the flow of sand in the hourglass every hour, the “sand Tower” reveals a conical geometric pattern and is calculated into a precise time value, which corresponds to the 28-day cycle of human skin metabolism.
When it comes to the laboratory, specific instruments form the basic impression of its daily life. The concrete objects are abstracted and applied to the interior of the space with pure geometric figures. Through the combination of three-dimensional triangles, circles, arcs and conics, the unique symbolic significance of the figures is shown by enlarging, overlapping, interweaving, fusion and rich fluidity and organicity.
On the side of the window, a separate resting and waiting area is cut out. Below the ceiling of the main passage on the path, the mirrored stainless steel becomes the main surface texture. On the one hand, the reflection solves the problem of the low height of the space, and on the other hand, the clear boundary of the different interfaces is blurred. The soft shape and edges are related to the delicate skin of the human tissue, but also about touch, perception and more macroscopic embodied experience.
The testing room, rest and waiting area, reception and passage are connected in series with each other, and there is no obvious boundary, which gives the space great plasticity. Internal wall and transparent glass as the main interval, virtual and real staggered, cold glass, heaven and earth one color soft wall texture and because of the vertical veil occlusion and faintly revealed “light wall”, constitute a subtle, ingenious expression contrast.
Cycle laboratory CYCLELAB with light programming technology, according to the different time nodes between day and night and adjust the lighting setting, light, dark, dark, saturation of red, blue, yellow and so on set off a refreshing, changing myriad of “cyberpunk” like sense of technology. For customers, visiting at different time periods can experience different lighting moods and space atmospheres.
In wabi-sabi, Leonard Coren says, “Wabi-sabi has always been associated with escapism, punk, decadence, or other words that proclaim anti-aesthetics. They come from a young, modern, creative soul.” Among them, “punk” with rebellious spirit is not simply “rebellious because of rebellion”, but has a certain pioneering nature. It questions authority, tries to break established rules and construct a new and more diversified ecological order.
Wabi-sabi is a natural interpretation of the infinite tendency of an inner way of life to “romanticize” after people adapt to nature, which is related to the construction of philosophy and aesthetic ideals, and ultimately allows us to regain the predictability of the order of life and the sense of control of spiritual power. As the cycle laboratory CYCLELAB pursues, it strives to capture the dynamic changes of time and perceive time, hoping to explore the cycle law of nature to return to nature.