Week 2 – Designers from Asia

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Designer: Jinil Park

Design Rationale: “The concept for my project is the drawing, as you can see the concept for the project is very simple and it is furniture brought out from the drawing. The brainstorming ofthe project was actually by accident. I was thinking of making a new project by comfortably drawing lines and I found and realised fun and inquiring moments about the strokes that I drew on a paper. I personally thought that the outcome of those strokes can bring very interestingobject”.

“Instinctively, I created the conjunction of these thin wires that eventually hold the human weight while a single wire cannot,” explained Park.

Target Market: These furniture pieces would be popular with people looking for one off hand made pieces.

Web: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/01/02/drawing-furniture-series-that-looks-like-sketches-by-jinil-park/

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Designer: Tokujin Yoshioka

Design Rationale: “This piece will be a table like a shimmering sculpture reflecting the view of surroundings,” said Yoshioka. The table is made up of a long rectangular top with bevelled edges, with mirrored blocks for legs.

Yoshioka is known for his use of reflective and transparent materials including chairs grown from crystals and furniture that’s almost invisible.

Target Market: This table was designed for an Italian design brand Glas Italia. There brnad houses designs which have an air of simplicity in an industrial landscape. Tokujin Yoshioka’s Mirrored table could fit both an office or home setting.

Web: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/03/06/prism-mirrored-glass-table-by-tokujin-yoshioka-glas-italia/

Client: Glas Italia

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Designer: Jin Kuramoto

Design Rationale: “The heritage of many of the woodworking techniques used by Japanese carpenters originates from Japanese shipwrights,” said Jin Kuramoto.

Target Market: Jin Kuramoto’s funniture will appeal to a market that is understanding of fine craftsmanship and also practical designing. These pieces are made sturdy for a life of appreciation and hard work.

Web: http://www.dezeen.com/2014/02/03/nadia-furniture-by-jin-kuramoto-made-using-japanese-shipbuilding-techniques/

http://www.jinkuramoto.com/en/Projects/index.html

Client: Stockholm Design Week.

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Designer: Takahiro Yagi of ‘Kaikado

Design Rationale: Growing beauty through time is the principle fascination in Chazutsu. Gently caressing the entire body of Chazutsu day after day brings out a mysteriously elegant sheen and gleam to its years. Chazutsu provides utility and pleasure as it ages gracefully with ownership.

Since 1875, Japanese manufacturer Kaikado has been creating beautifully crafted tin canisters, Chazutsu for tea and drygoods storage. These airtight containers are simple, everyday objects of form and function that get better with use—the patina from regular handling can be admired below and some Kaikado chazutsu have been passed down through generations. The 6th generation family-run company has been handcrafting each canister from their Kyoto-based studio for over 130 years.

Target Market: Tea drinkers in Japan

Web: http://www.core77.com/blog/ny_design_week/ny_design_week_2012_-_icff_kaikado_chazutsu_japanese_tea_caddies_22507.asp

http://www.kaikado.jp/english/index.html

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