Designer Tsuyoshi Kawara has taken old Japanese Roof tiles and reused them to create the Kawara Chair. These beautiful tiles are fired and 1200 degrees Celsius, resulting in the ability to hold the weight of a person up to 250 lbs. The Tiles are set on a beautiful wooden frame and come in a variety of different glazes.
I'm a strong believer in understanding how things work. How are things made, where are they made, what tools are needed, what craft is involved and etc. I used to believe that this type of thinking was the result of my years of education in an arts environment, but as of late, I've realized that this attitude and curiosity of mine was instilled by my father. My father used to take me to factories in Taiwan and show me where automotive parts were made. He taught me the process of production by showing me the machines that pressed sheets of steel in to shaped components that would fit into a car.
As a clear result of how my father has influenced me, I love watching process videos and seeing how things are made. Watch and see how upholstered furniture comes together piece by piece.
Thanks dad for instilling the desire to learn in me!
Herman Miller is releasing an all black version of this already beautiful Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman at a price tag of $5789.00. One day I hope to have one of these sitting in my home...one day!
There is also a White Ash version!
Ania Wolowska named this piece the Ban table, as a tribute to the ingenious designs of Shigeru Ban. This is such a beautiful table and elegantly designed with a minimal approach. The table has no screws, dowels, or glue to hold it together but rather uses traditional joinery techniques found all over the world. I would really love one of these for myself, but I doubt I could afford it.
District Millworks is only a block or two away from my home in Downtown Los Angeles Arts District. They create beautiful pieces of furniture that I hope to one day own.
Watch as they show you how they created this shuffleboard piece by piece.
As I get older, I find my interests shifting. One of those shifts is furniture. When I was younger, I hated going to furniture stores with my parents. I would trudge along bored or run around the store jumping and hiding on and around whatever pieces of furniture that could hold my weight. Now I find myself admiring various pieces of furniture wishing they were in my possession, but alas, it is yet another thing that I really don't need.
These articles of furniture inspired by Japanese shipbuilding techniques, by Jin Kuramoto and Claesson Koivisto, have really caught my eye. They are extremely elegant even in though they are in the most pure form. There really is no fluff here, just the beauty of their base structure. See for yourself below or check them out in person if you are anywhere near the Stockholm Furniture Fair where they are on display.