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Using Only Paper, Japanese Designer Creates Collapsible Tables
By Anthea Quay, 27 Feb 2012
Kyoto, Japan-based interior designer Hiromitsu Konishi created collapsible, portable tables using only paper.
The ‘Kamijiya’ tables were created as display tables for Japanese traditional paper retailer Suzuki Shofudo.
“The theme [and challenge] of the furniture [was] to use only paper both for framework and design,” Konishi wrote.
After spending a couple of months studying the strengths, weaknesses and flexibility, of the material, Konishi created one unique form—a full-scale honeycomb-shaped framework—which could compensate paper’s weakness.
The tables’ shapes were likened to ‘Sensu’, Japanese folding fans, and suited the traditional and historical shop of Suzuki Shofudo—located in Okage Yoko-Cho, Ise city—a place protected since ancient times.
“The texture and softness of paper tables and lighting seemed well-accommodated to the Japanese-style building, despite the Kamijiya's rather modern shape,” Konishi continued.
“We took advantage of paper’s nature, which were considered as weakness, and turned them around [into] perfect furniture for the shop.”
[via Spoon & Tamago]
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