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Japanese designers create innovative and unusual floor coverings

Japanese architects TANK, known for their innovative and unusual floor coverings, are now at the centre of a Kyoto project that features concrete floors that are meant to crack. The cracks are then then filled with gold paint.

Most concrete floor installers do not want the concrete to crack, but the architectural studio TANK, who renovated the apartment, intentionally chose cement flooring that would end up in pieces. They then filled the cracks with gold epoxy-resin. This was designed to copy the traditional Japanese Kintsugi method of mending pottery in which fragments are glued together, then the seams are gilded with gold powder.

The architects said:

“Using traditional mortar, we emulated the art of Kintsugi in the living room by joining the cracks, thus transforming what was considered imperfect into a subject of beauty.”

The bathroom floor reflected another traditional Japanese craft. Fibre-reinforced plastic netting was laid. Transparent resin was then used and polished until it became translucent. The complex visual effect was designed to mimic traditional Japanese lacquerware while retaining waterproof properties.

TANK specialises in unusual features. Other projects included a house where both the floor and ceiling were covered in tropical wood panels. Another of their designs featured patches of carpet that could be removed and then used as flip-flop type shoes.

In Britain, there are many choices of quality materials for solid flooring in Cheshire homes, but home owners wanting something unique could look to Japan for inspiration.

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