How to make silence and contemplation attractive and desirable? A rising Monastic Mood is defined by designing and curating a space of stillness as a way of creating a sanctuary of silence.
In 2019, I decided to dedicate myself fully to the study of the architecture of silence, visiting sacred places and inspiring architecture to understand the conditions of silence. […] I immediately felt the energetic potential of this space. It felt like an industrial monastery with its majestic entrance, its 3-floors-high metal shelves, the accumulator tower, and its attic with a wooden ceiling.”- Cedric Etienne
Cedric Etienne, co-founder of Studio Corkinho (Antwerp-based) started a pilgrimage that took him to monasteries and cloisters in Belgium, the Netherlands, France, Portugal, Spain, Italy, and Japan to study silent meditation in Buddhist monasteries. He would also visit teahouses in Kyoto and in the Japanese islands of Naoshima and Teshima and study the particular features of emptiness Japanese architecture offers.
Later, he found Noorderpershuis, a 19th-century building abandoned since the mid-1970s that had served as a hydraulic power station.
The renovation concluded in a repurposed space and architecture of silence. The Still Room holds a selection of Studio Corkinho’s designs as well as a contemplative environment forming a portfolio of their silence design approach.
As a concept, STILL travels to your home, in the form of one-off installations or as part of hospitality, branding, events, or wellness purposes.
Are you interesting in seeing how calm environments have envolved? The Monastic Mood is one of the concepts we cover in our latest trend report The New Care Economy sharing a new understanding of care today and what we feel a wellness brand should deliver.
THE NEW CARE ECONOMY
Consumers have become hyper-focused on wellness and self-care in the past 15 months. As a result, they are more interested in less transaction-based communication and more in what a brand can do for them. How does this spirit look translated into design?