In 2014, I was commissioned by Peter Marino to create a permanent installation for the perfume room of the Dior Tokyo Omotesando flagship store. Being that all of my photo on toile de Jouy works were both inspired and informed by an interior environment, I had always envisioned creating a toile de Jouy lined room, overlaid with site-specific images printed on that pattern. When collaborating on ideas with Peter, he modified my original concept, and instead I printed one large photographic image on each wall of the grey Chinoiserie fabric. The fabric was then stretched around LED panels, enabling the whole room to be backlit. The installation also incorporates 2 large inset mirrors, with the photographic image laser etched into the mirror from behind - further extending the notion of a completely enveloping photographic environment.
Peter says of their working together:
"Tim's work for Dior Tokyo was for me a perfect artist/architect collaboration. His artwork, on all surfaces of the room, provides the viewer with a total, surrounding immersion in the iconic Dior toile de Jouy overlapping very glamourous women's faces. I am also a collector of his toile de Jouy prints over male gymnasts. I find the contrast of the soft French textile with the rigid musculature of the gymnasts very, very beautiful."
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