Taxonomy of “Free”
 
taxonomy of free

We seem to enjoy being free, yet live with many limits in reality.
But Life would be richer if we could remove those limits, would it not?
Yet, being free is something that can only be appreciated in contrast with being limited.
As giving even a little freedom to whom he was always living in limitations, will make him feel happy.

This time, we thought about being “Free”. We chose objects, actions, and feelings which could symbolize it, set keywords, and created our products based on those ideas and keywords. The collection “Taxonomy of Free“ is born from what each of us has captured wandering around the theme “Free”.
 

 
 
Snofari , stool / low table / container
 
snofari 001
design: Junichiro OSHIMA
size: w.550 x d.280 x sh.380 / h.350
material: beech, urethan foam, fabric, leather strap

Although transportation had been hard for people living in snowbound places, they were freed themselves from this trouble by using sleds. “Snofari” is a snow sled like, furniture that can slide throughout one’s home, from a sunny place to an airy one, and then a warm comfortable place. Put your stuff inside it, turn its lid over and sit on it and you can journey freely from place to place as you relax at home by simply pulling “Snofari” like a sled.
 
snofari 002
snofari 003

 
 
Coni , table lamp
 
coni 001
design: Megumi WADA 和田愛美
size: w.200 x d.210 x h.280
material: vulcanized fiber or PVC, LED

Free means simple. Free means easy.
“Coni” is born as a table lamp, out of the simple shape of a circle, rolled into a cone and fixed easily with some pins. Just pass the LED unit through it and it is done. “Coni” is free from complexity in production and assembly. Anyone can make it simply, and use it easily.
 
coni 002
coni 003

 
 
Minamo , desktop organizer
 
minamo 001
design: Yukari TSUJIMOTO
size: L / w.580 x d.290 x h.40
M / w.465 x d.290 x h.40
S / w.290 x d.115 x h.40
material: maple, nylon thread, steel

The surface of water can support a ship, yet allow one to freely swim or pass through. This behavior of water has an impressive feeling of freedom. “Minamo” is a storage system with a “surface” made from thin thread. Accessories or documents can be organized on Minamo’s surface, while memo or cards can be clipped through the thread. Objects placed through the shining surface look blurry as though in water. Inspired by the beauty of water’s surface, “Minamo” depicts a scene of waterscape, sparkling in a miniature garden on the desk.
 
minamo 002
minamo 003

 
 
Shade-lit , light
 

design: Kohdai IWAMOTO
size: w.1600 x φ30
material: acrylic, ash, brass, LED

“Shade-lit” provides illumination, free of any mechanical operation and just by using the easy and intuitive act of putting a cloth on a stick. Gently drape a fabric over “Shade-lit” and the portion, covered by fabric gives off light. A sensor detects the cloth and turns on the covered LEDs. The covering cloth acts both as a switch and a lamp shade. By applying different kinds of fabric, anyone can create various beautiful lightings and freely discover fun ways to use “Shade-lit”.
 
shade-lit 002
shade-lit 003

 
 
Light Woods , floor light
 
light woods 001
design: Tomoya YOSHINO
size: φ.1,200 x h.2,000
material: oak, polypropylene, fluorescent bulb

Sharing a product together or using it alone is the act of going back and forth smoothly between the person and people. To me, “sharing” is a form of freedom. “Light Woods” is a floor light in the shape of a tree with flowers that are blooming with light, and it shares light, symbolizing all that is positive. One may move the lighting’s position as desired. Sometimes everyone may gather to talk and laugh under a collective light, and at other times one may separate the lights and spend one’s own time under the “Light Woods” near others.
 
light woods 002
light woods 003

 
 
“Lagrangian Point”
 

In 1772, in the “Essay on the Three-Body Problem,” Joseph Louis Lagrange indicated the Lagrangian Point, a point exists in the space between the revolving two bodies that gravity and centrifugal force are balanced. A material put on this point keeps balancing and revolving without changing a relative position.

A calm stability is found in throughout the various forces crossing.

Yet, not only in the astronomic subjects, it is able to be found in places where close to us.

The collection of, “Lagrangian Point” is the works produced by finding the equilibrium hidden behind the apparently unstable forces and structures.
 

 
 
HALF – THROTTLE , shelf
 

design: Kohdai IWAMOTO
size: low/ W.700 x D.350 x H.390
middle/ W.700 x D.350 x H.740
high/ W.700 x D.350 x H.1,260
wide shelf board / W.1,290
material: plywood, laminate, white ash
 
The length of the diagonal is root 2 when the length of the side is 1. HALF – THROTTLE is an assembled shelf aimed at the Pythagorean theorem. After inserting the prop into a square hole of the shelf board, just twist the prop to 45 degrees. The extension of shelf board can be easily fixed.
 

 
 
TRINITY , stool
 

design: Junichiro OSHIMA
size: W.370 x D.150 x H.370、 folding size: W.860 x D.150 x H.75
material: hard maple, rope
 
It is able to bend freely as well as to tie. TRINITY is a folding stool applied the characteristic of a rope. The tied knots at the both ends of the rope which pass through the legs and the seat, to give the relation that pulling each other from three directions, the rope beautifully tighten supports the legs firmly. When holding the stool, the rope works as a fastener of the legs and as a handle to carry.
 

 
LEAN , coat rack & side table
 

design: Kengo BABATA
size:
coat rack / W.440 x D.440 x H.1,700
side table
square / W.450 x D.450 x H.450
circle / W.500 x D.485 x H.450
material: oak, walnut, white ash, glass top
 
One leg leans on the next leg, and the another leg leans on its next leg. LEAN is a coat rack and a side table that the L-shaped legs support each other to stand stably. In the apparent instability like the “Penrose stairs” of an impossible object, it realizes the firm stability. Being able to assemble without parts like nails or screws is an attractive point of this piece.
 



 
 
SLING , wall shelf
 

design: Weena LEE
size: W.415 x D.150 x H.270 strap length: 170
material: ash, textile belt
  
SLING is a wall shelf with five different lengths of sides. It will tilts by depending on the weight and the shape of stored items. SLING becomes stable at the position by keeping its balance by the center of gravity. The strap can be easily removed and by changing the hanging styles, the various looks are able to enjoy.
 

 
 
TENSILE , shelf
 

design: Hiroyuki IKEUCHI
size: W.650 x D.300 x H.1,700
material: plywood, birch
 
TENSILE is a shelf used that the characteristic of plywood is pliable, to fix the shelf boards. By inserting the prop into the slit hole of the shelf board, the slit part is pushed out by the prop which pictures a beautiful arch, and the shelf board get fixed by its elasticity. The props are just rectangular lumbers, and the height of shelf boards can be changed to at any position.
 

 
 
CATENA , mobile
 

design: Yumi NAKAMOTO 中本 優美
size: W.1,020 x D.640 x H.1,060
material: rayon yarn, piano wire
 
By pinching the both ends of yarn, a beautiful curve will appears. CATENA is a mobile fully pulled out the attraction of curve from the gravity. Respond to the flow of air and soughs, flutters when it’s touched. It shows expressive faces at each moment.
 



 
 
CRIMP , low table
 

design: Tomoya YOSHINO
size: φ.900 x H.410
material: veneer, cord, glass top
 
CRIMP is a low table that shows beautiful curves between the two thin boards. The thin board which is unable to stand itself, by giving the different curves bent with the ability of the cord, it will gain the strength to support the heavy tabletop. It is also compact to put away once disassembled.
 

 
 
SEVEN – TENTHS , swing & small box & birdhouse
 

design: Yuki MATSUMOTO
size:
swing / W.550 x D.180 x H.60
small box / W.400 x D.180 x H.280
birdhouse / W.180 x D.180 x H.260
material: birch, pine, rope
 
When more than half of a circumference is covered, a material touched the circle can be lifted up. SEVEN – TENTHS is the hanging type modular furniture applied this law. The various parts have the common structure, and can be replaced to change it into a small box, a birdhouse, or a swing. Each person can enjoy one’s own way to use.
 

 
 
WATER BALANCE , flower vase
 

design: Risako MATSUMOTO
size: W.660 x D.95 x H.260
material: white ash, stainless steel, leather strap
 
A balance reads the weight by the distance from the fulcrum. WATER BALANCE uses this structure to visualize the thirst of an unspeakable flower. The vase and the weight that balance at first, start to lose its balance as the water of the vase evaporates. The slant of the balance becomes the silent voice of the flower and tells the appropriate time through the sight.
 

 
 
TORQUE , low table
 

design: Nobu MIAKE
size: W.860 x D.860 x H.440
material: plywood, laminate, oak
 
By inserting a stick into a holed board and tilts it, the stick will get stuck in the side of the hole. TORQUE applied this rule to support two tabletops at different positions. As it is stable by the legs tilting, it will increase the strength as more stuff loaded. Herewith, the differently colored tabletops show each attractive faces. Each tabletops are reversible to enjoy different textures.
Cooperative Manufacturer : YASUTA Veneered Surfaces & Design
 

 
 
STRAW , desk light
 

design: Kohdai IWAMOTO
desk light
size: Max W.700 x D.100 x Max H.740
material: steel, aluminum, LED
 
An angle of a straw put in a glass varies depending on the diameter and the depth of the glass. STRAW is a desk light that the idea came from this image of the straw and the glass. It can be adjusted the angles of the light by hooking the light itself inside of the base with different levels.
 

 
 
rollin’ rollin’ , stool
 
designer: Hiromi MANABE
size : W.530 × D.390 × H.400
material : beech, sweater
 

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growth , coat rack
 
designer: Ryosuke AKAGI
size : W.500 × D.500 × H.2,000
material : beech, plywood, steel
  

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steps , bench
 
designer: Kohdai IWAMOTO
size:W.1,000 × D.420 × H.420 (stool / φ335 × H.250)
material : beech, urethane foam, fabric
 

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huggy , chair
 
designer: Yuta FUKUHARA
size : W.380 × D.450 × H.745 / SH.420
material : birch
 

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lovebird , tables
 
designer: Yuki MATSUMOTO
size: W.660 × D.800 × H.720 (single piece / W.660 × D.400 × H.720)
material: beech or oak
 

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outside in , desk
 
designer: Rie ASAKA
size: W.1284 × D.600 × H.735
material: white ash, plywood, cardboard
 

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fadeless , vase for dried flower
 
designer: Nobu MIAKE
size Q-Large L.350 × W.90 t=2
   Q-Small L.250 × W.70 t=2
   S L.300 × W.60 t=2
   O-1P L.350 × W.300 × D.20
   O-5P L.350 × W.300 × D.20
   H W.400 × D.100 × H.30
material: brass, wood, leather strap, rubber band
 

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link , bookend
 
designer: Tomomi NAITO
size: W.180 × D.110 × H.160 (folding state / W.180 × D.110 t=12)
material: wood, leather strap
 

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31 , calendar
 
designer: Ryo MITAO
size: W.1050 × D.230 × H.275 (single frame / W.210 × D.28 × H.255)
material: plywood, acrylic
 

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2011 – “SOUVENIR”

 
 

■TRAME, side table + shelf

 
DESIGN : Kengo BABATA + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.490 x D.380 x H.515
MATERIAL : WHITE ASH
 

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■TRICK, low table

 
DESIGN : Satoshi NOBEKAWA + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.530 x D.530 x H.420
MATERIAL : PLYWOOD, BIRCH, WHITE ASH
 

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■MITER, sofa table

 
DESIGN : Nobuaki TAKAHASHI + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.505 x D.350 x H.400
MATERIAL : ALUMINUM, GLASS
 

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■CATHEDRAL, sofa table

 
DESIGN : Nobu MIAKE + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.400 x D.400 x H.400
MATERIAL : PLYWOOD, GLASS
 

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■CORKER, stool

 
DESIGN : Akinori TAGASHIRA + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.380 x D.390 x H.360
MATERIAL : CORK, BIRCH, PLYWOOD
 

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■SEWING, stool

 
DESIGN : Ryo MITAO+ DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.370 x D.320 x H.370
MATERIAL : PLYWOOD, NYLON ROPE
 

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■CLYTIE, pouf

 
DESIGN : Saki KITAI + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.420 x D.420 x H.250
MATERIAL : WOOL
 

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■PROP, shelf

 
DESIGN : Hiroyuki IKEUCHI + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.520 x D.270 x H.1,400
MATERIAL : BIRCH, PLYWOOD
 

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■JUTTE, shelf

 
DESIGN : Masashi MOTOZUTSUMI + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.600 x D.300 x H.1160
MATERIAL : PLYWOOD
 

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■SLASH, coat rack

 
DESIGN : Kohdai IWAMOTO + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.300 x D.300 x H.1610
MATERIAL : WHITE BIRCH, STEEL
 

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■Slide Me, coat stand

 
DESIGN : Yuki MATSUMOTO + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.435 x D.320 x H.1710
MATERIAL : WHITE ASH / BIRCH
 

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