the TATAMI,

 

iconic element of Japanese interiors, and the know-how of the company Motoyama Tatami, which has been making it by hand in its Kyoto workshop for more than 100 years.

When I arrived in the studio, I was immediately fascinated by the aesthetic qualities of the vegetal weaving that covers the tatami (called “omote” in Japanese). I am also finding that the omote has impressive structural properties when positioned vertically.

I then decided to overturn the tatami and give it another dimension.

the TATAMI,

iconic element of Japanese interiors, and the know-how of the company Motoyama Tatami, which has been making it by hand in its Kyoto workshop for more than 100 years.

When I arrived in the studio, I was immediately fascinated by the aesthetic qualities of the vegetal weaving that covers the tatami (called “omote” in Japanese). I am also finding that the omote has impressive structural properties when positioned vertically.

I then decided to overturn the tatami and give it another dimension.

A NEW MANUFACTURING PROCESS

By gluing several layers of omote on top of each other, I manage to produce hollow and self-supporting shapes. Because I take advantage of both the natural resistance of the fibers, and the flexibility of the weaving that binds them.

A NEW MANUFACTURING PROCESS

By gluing several layers of omote on top of each other, I manage to produce hollow and self-supporting shapes. Because I take advantage of both the natural resistance of the fibers, and the flexibility of the weaving that binds them.

CURVED OBJECTS

The flat and rectilinear tatami suddenly unfolds in volume and curves, thus defining a whole new register of shapes and product applications.

I start by designing furniture in order to demonstrate the incredible resistance properties of this woven material, capable of supporting a person’s weight.

CURVED OBJECTS

The flat and rectilinear tatami suddenly unfolds in volume and curves, thus defining a whole new register of shapes and product applications.

I start by designing furniture in order to demonstrate the incredible resistance properties of this woven material, capable of supporting a person’s weight.

KAWAYAMA FURNITURE

 

Made from the woven mat that covers the tatami, KAWAYAMA is a minimalist and modular set of furniture consisting of a coffee table and two stools.

Each model comes in different colored combinations and has a removable cover. The two stools can then be stored inside the coffee table, offering discreet and clever storage.

OTHER PROJECTS

OTHER PROJECTS