Through the re-imagination of a traditional Japanese tray garden, Chen Chen and Kai Williams aim to create a sense of landscape without being a simulacrum of one. To that effect, the designers substitute industrial metal products like aluminum foam and geometrically cut, resin-treated travertine for the bonsai trees and natural stones used by their predecessors to simulate more sweeping panoramas. Amongst such man-made interventions, the inclusion of a single dwarf tree literalizes the designers’ otherwise abstract landscape exploration.

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