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Japanese designer Hironao Tsuboi designed an armchair titled “Omega” for Arflex Japan. It is made of oak and walnut. It was released in Japan on June 12th. Title: OMEGA Object: ARM CHAIR Client: Arflex Japan Dimensions : W560mm × D497mm × H755 × SH450 Material : Oak [Natural – Dark] / Black Walnut Design: Hironao Tsuboi Photo: © Nozomu Matsunaga / © Arflex Japan www.arflex.co.jp
Japanese designer Tokujin Yoshioka will present a glass table “Luminous” at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan next week. It was designed for Italian glass brand “Glas Italia”. It is so transparent that it gives an impression that the table is freed from the material world – as if it is composed of air and light. This is the first time that Glas Italia collaborates with Yoshioka.
Japanese furniture designer Naoya Matsuo and Hironori Tsukue teamed up as “HTNM”, and exhibited their latest work at Stockholm furniture fair, which was held from Feburuary 5th to 9th. Naoya Matsuo exhibited a knock down furniture series “Stick & Twist”, which includes a stool, side table, and coat hanger. They can be assembled very easily – only with a few screws. The stool can be assembled without any screws. Hironori Tsukue exhibited a stool set named “Cake”. He chose the name “Cake” because “Cake” is “something symbolic about sharing with others”. It is stackable and made of oak, leather and aluminum. For more information: Naoya Matsuo, Hironori Tsukue
Daisaku Cho is a furniture designer and architect. He first got recognized in the 60s with his work such as “Persimmon chair” and “Teizaisu (low chair)” which are considered classic Japanese design and are still sold worldwide. At over ninety years old, he is still very active. His latest work has been released by +d. It is called “Shuki” (or “sake cups”). “I like triangles, and the form always inspired my design. Architecture usually starts with quadrangles. In architecture, it is hard to combine triangles and quadrangles, but I thought I could do it in everyday life”, Cho says. “Shuki” will be soon available at Japanese design shop.
Moroso’s showroom was filled with mist to present Tokujin Yoshioka’s “Moon Chair”. The installation was titled “Twilight”. They created the scene as if the light breaks through the cloud. ———– Here is a message from Yoshioka regarding this installation. Twilight Nature is beautiful, yet the unimaginable energy inheres behind its beauty. Its beauty uplifts our emotion, and resonant in our heart, yet sometimes shows its threatening expression. We have witnessed nature’s threats with our own eyes, and we have been reminded by the the importance of living with nature. I would like to think deeply about the nature and continue persuing the creation that seeks and express its elements of … Continue reading
Japanese design studio Nendo has had their solo exhibition at Milan Design Week. “Transparent table” uses transparent acrylic materials which have wood grain. Nendo has also released their new work through various producers at Salone Internazionale del Mobile, including Cappellini, Moroso, Driade, and Foscarini. ———– Here is the press release by Nendo regarding “Transparent table”. We cast clear acrylic in a wooden form with a strong grain and assembled the resulting pieces to create a table made of ‘transparent wood’. We reproduced the butt ends faithfully and bevelled the edges like floorboards, and matched the grains ends and dimensions of the wood used for the table legs to the ‘transparent … Continue reading
Tokujin Yoshioka’s new chairs “MOON” will be released by Moroso during the Salone Internazionale del Mobile (Milan, April 12 – 17, 2011).”MOON” was inspired by the moonlight. It has various expressions just like the moon. From the top view, it looks like the full moon, and from the side, the half-moon, and also the crescent moon depending on the angles.
“Scandinavian vintage furniture” exhibition started at ROGOBA DESIGN ON LIFE_Tokyo, in Hanzomon, Tokyo. All the pieces of furniture are historical items which were restored by Japanese furniture manufacturer “Kitani”. “Kitani” is originally a manufacturer which produces furniture for welfare purposes, and during the period when their staffs were conducting a research on Danish furniture in Denmark, they found these extraordinary pieces of furniture and decided to restore them. Above images: “No.45” by Finn Juhl via: excite/ism
Japanese furniture store hhstyle.com has been hosting an auction titled “Green auction” since 2007. The main purpose is to save “Green”, which is slowly disappearing from the earth. Every year each artist is asked to create a unique chair by paiting on Eames’s “La chaise”. The profits will be donated to the special fund owned by the city of Tokyo. This year Japanese artist Yasumichi Morita created “Camouflage la chaise”. via: www.excite.co.jp __________________________________ SPONSORED by cataci.com / the global platform for creative people Expres’soft – soft silicone coffee cups (3 piece set) designed by Marine Peyre 66 Euro or 90.4 $* *The price is based on Euro and may be … Continue reading
The nominations of “Good Design Awards” were anounced this month. Among fifteen products or projects, one will be chosen as Grand Prix. You can see all the nominated products here. What I think the most interesting this year is “Ready-to-Assemble Japanese Room” by Asao Sakamoto. Taking an advantage of the traditional Japanese techniques, Sakamoto created ready-to-assemble room without using any nails and screws. So you can assemble and disassemble repetedly.