We were commissioned by the London-based Museum of Sake to design and construct a pop up sake bar for the Hokusai Exposed exhibition at the Old Truman Brewery on Brick Lane in October 2013.
Our design took reference from traditional Japanese outdoor stalls which serve food and drink. As the exhibition was for Ukiyo-e (Floating World), we decided to make the bar float as well. A 200 gram balsa and washi paper roof was held up using two 36 inch helium balloons, specially treated to enable them to float for the duration of the exhibition.
We wanted the audience to engage with their new sake experience and compare types. Traditionally ema are small wooden plaques on which Shinto worshippers write their prayers or wishes. People wrote their wishes for the sake industry and their thoughts on the sake they tasted on wooden rice shaped ema attached to the side of the bar.
Here is a video of all the ema wishes we received by the end of the exhibition.