In October 2015, Novofibre joined over 1,000 designers and artists for one of the most exciting design events in China. Every year the China Institute of Interior Design (CIID) hosts an “Open Exhibit” showcasing the world’s best creative talent and cutting edge design products. Novofibre worked with renowned artist and designer Lin Xueming to create an innovative, thought provoking and visually stunning exhibition for the year event.

Held in Lanzhou, China, the 2015 Open Exhibit theme was entitled “Crossing Boundaries”. Participants were asked to interpret the theme using the cultural and environmental landscapes of the historic Lanzhou region as inspiration. Novofibre’s installation, entitled “Yu”, was completed using the compagnie’s Oriented Structural Straw Boards to create an immersive environment that evokes both traditional Chinese Tangram puzzles and the surrounding mountainous landscape of Lanzhou.

By integrating both the Chinese understanding of puzzles as a tool to build interpretation skills and intelligence, alongside the visual and structural environmental elements of the installation inherent in the mountainous topography and OSSB panels, Lin Xueming’s design implores viewers to reflect on humanity’s simultaneous responsibility to and reliance on the earth.