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”.
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.
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.
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.
“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”.
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.
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.
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
coat rack / W.440 x D.440 x H.1,700
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
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
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
growth , coat rack
designer: Ryosuke AKAGI
size : W.500 × D.500 × H.2,000
material : beech, plywood, steel
steps , bench
designer: Kohdai IWAMOTO
size：W.1,000 × D.420 × H.420 (stool / φ335 × H.250)
material : beech, urethane foam, fabric
huggy , chair
designer: Yuta FUKUHARA
size : W.380 × D.450 × H.745 / SH.420
material : birch
lovebird , tables
designer: Yuki MATSUMOTO
size: W.660 × D.800 × H.720 (single piece / W.660 × D.400 × H.720)
material: beech or oak
outside in , desk
designer: Rie ASAKA
size: W.1284 × D.600 × H.735
material: white ash, plywood, cardboard
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
link , bookend
designer: Tomomi NAITO
size: W.180 × D.110 × H.160 (folding state / W.180 × D.110 t=12)
material: wood, leather strap
31 , calendar
designer: Ryo MITAO
size: W.1050 × D.230 × H.275 (single frame / W.210 × D.28 × H.255)
material: plywood, acrylic
DESIGN : Kengo BABATA + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.490 x D.380 x H.515
MATERIAL : WHITE ASH
DESIGN : Satoshi NOBEKAWA + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.530 x D.530 x H.420
MATERIAL : PLYWOOD, BIRCH, WHITE ASH
DESIGN : Nobuaki TAKAHASHI + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.505 x D.350 x H.400
MATERIAL : ALUMINUM, GLASS
DESIGN : Nobu MIAKE + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.400 x D.400 x H.400
MATERIAL : PLYWOOD, GLASS
DESIGN : Akinori TAGASHIRA + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.380 x D.390 x H.360
MATERIAL : CORK, BIRCH, PLYWOOD
DESIGN : Ryo MITAO+ DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.370 x D.320 x H.370
MATERIAL : PLYWOOD, NYLON ROPE
DESIGN : Saki KITAI + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.420 x D.420 x H.250
MATERIAL : WOOL
DESIGN : Hiroyuki IKEUCHI + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.520 x D.270 x H.1,400
MATERIAL : BIRCH, PLYWOOD
DESIGN : Masashi MOTOZUTSUMI + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.600 x D.300 x H.1160
MATERIAL : PLYWOOD
DESIGN : Kohdai IWAMOTO + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.300 x D.300 x H.1610
MATERIAL : WHITE BIRCH, STEEL
DESIGN : Yuki MATSUMOTO + DESIGN SOIL
SIZE : W.435 x D.320 x H.1710
MATERIAL : WHITE ASH / BIRCH