The Sen furniture series, including the Kagome stool, was inspired by the unique aspects of traditional Japanese craft, patterns, hieroglyphs and nuances. It also has been created with lines that minimize excess to express both form and functionality in a range of applications because I am a designer with background in graphic design and would create funiture just like a simple perspective drawing on paper.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
6 piece collection of steel furniture called Sen, which turns 2D lines into 3D forms, has been inspired by the unique aspects of traditional Japanese craft, patterns, hieroglyphs and nuances. Kagome Stool is one of the Sen that is made from 18 right angle triangles that support each other and when viewed from above forms the traditional Japanese craft pattern kagome moyou. Perfect form is not necessarily perfect, so the stool has been intentionally created with one of the triangles slightly out of place.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
This is the stool but also the sculptural piece because the lines appear as abstract 3D form and emphasis placed more on expressivity compared to a conventional furniture. I prefer to sit down and also to enjoy viewing the piece as a sculpture, specially enjyoy the shadows created when light hit the piece. The stool is suitable for use indoors and out, and is light, 4kg.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in January 2012 in Japan, and was exhibited in Tokyo Designers Week in September to November 2012.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Manufactured at a wire works, the steel wire is bent to make 18 light angle triangles first. Second, these 18 light angle triangles combined on Japanese kagome moyou pattern, in which 6 right triangles are aligned in sets with each triangle positioned to form 120 degrees angles from the center. Third, these conbined wire will be welded beautifully. Finally, it will be powder coated and done.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Width 500mm x Depth 454mm x Height 404mm
Kagome, Stool, Line, Japanese, Traditional, Modern, sen, Red, steel, graphic, furniture
In creating Kagome Stool, I thought about the function of sitting and how to assemble simple forms like right angled triangles, and based the design on the traditional Japanese kagome moyou pattern, in which 6 right triangles are aligned in sets with each triangle positioned to form 120 degrees angles from the center. The traditional kagome moyou pattern is an example of reaffirming creation from functionality.
The major role of graphic design is to communicate something to people, and product design is to be used by people. Also, graphic is dealt in a limited plane, in an imaginary or unreal world. On the other hand, product is a solid object in a real world. While such differences cross over with one another, respective results are achieved; I feel the challenge and the fun in such design process. I have given Kagome stool a functional role of product, as well as a role of planar composition and communication of graphic.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Shinn Asano, 2012.