Yamakawa Rattan - blending innovation with poetry

New rattan collection at Milan Design Week

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Yamakawa Rattan - blending innovation with poetry
23/04/2014 - Rattan takes centre stage in the designs Hiroomi Tahara has created for Yamakawa Rattan, presented at the Salone del Mobile 2014. Blending innovation with poetry, the designer has rewritten the language of interior design

Nature that has been gently modelled by man gives rise to masterpieces which tell the story of a relationship dating back thousands of years, based on silent exchange, manual skill and beauty. The result sees Japanese designer Hiroomi Tahara, who was born in 1977 and lives and works in Milan, presenting two projects at the Salone del Mobile 2014 furniture fair. Both projects were conceived in the past, and have now reached a definitive stage.

The protagonist of Hiroomi Tahara’s designs made for Japanese company Yamakawa Rattan, founded in Tokyo in 1950 and a global leader in high quality wicker furnishings, is rattan, a plant from the family of palm trees which mainly grows in south-east Asia.
In applying his know-how of contemporary design and cutting-edge technology to hand craftsmanship of rattan, Japan’s finest traditional material, Hiroomi Tahara has opened a dialogue between past and present, between man and nature: a seamless relationship in which the elements play a leading role in a flawless project.

The flexibility and resistance of this material have allowed Hiroomi Tahara to design furnishings that are elegant, delicate, comfortable and environmentally sustainable. In fact rattan is a plant that regenerates itself very quickly, making for fast reforestation which ensures the natural environmental equilibrium is not affected.

Fruit Bowl Collection
This collection, for which fruit bowls provide the inspiration of both the name and the shape, includes several sofas, stools in various sizes and oval coffee tables with enveloping, dynamic shapes. They feature sophisticated barely-there details which, thanks to the grooves in the structure, provide space for cushions,highlighting the creativity and design in the approach adopted for thiS range.

The collection is interpreted in two versions, for indoor and outdoor use. The former is made of rattan with fabric cushions, whilst the outdoor one has a synthetic wicker structure. The table tops are made of coloured glass. A variety of cushion combinations are available, in various colours that complement the seats whilst recalling compositions of fruit contained in a fruit bowl. A prototype version of the design was presented for the first type in a preview at the Salone Satellite 2011 fair. The following year it won the Red Dot Design Award and in 2013 it received the Green Good Design Award.
 
Relation Collection
A sinuous, light and asymmetric shape defines this collection of seats, which includes armchairs, sofas and seats, coffee tables with coloured red and blue tops, dining tables and a sofa for outdoor use in woven synthetic wicker, the legs of which have an innovative structure.

This item, which appears to have been made in one single piece, is made by combining extremely thin metal tubes which have been carefully covered with rattan. The use of metal gives the rattan greater solidity and support so that it can express its characteristics to the full. The designer uses this combination of materials to create a parallel with a sense of life; beauty, flexibility and poetry need to be supported if they are to reveal themselves. Hiroomi Tahara aimed to give an assertive graphic look to this project, which he presented at the Salone Satellite 2012 fair as a prototype, and has now been engineered for mass production. The seats are completed with cushions in natural hues with occasional hints of designs that create a pleasing colour effect.
 
Wrap
Our life must be simple and free without loosing its richness. The wrapped backrest projects a very light impression, though in reality it has a rich volume and creates a profound shadow. The contrast of the thick cushion and the thin backrest is also light in impression but generous. These two contrasting elements becomes one in this design. 

Sometimes, designers will be asked to design only something new. However I myself, will not focus this matter only, as I always respect and focus my attention to the richness in culture and its tradition such as material, technique, and craftsman ship which is the basis of this concept.Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Fruit Bowl collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

Relation collection Design by Hiroomi Tahara

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