In designing Polka Dots, Toyo Ito placed multiple methacrylate, circular inserts in apparent disarray on the doors, in stark contrast to the strict and minimalist structures of this piece of furniture. This graphic idea is reminiscent of Tokyo’s Za-Koenji theatre, also designed by the great architect. The inserts represent, as the name itself indicates, a multitude of dots that seem to fly gently upwards and that, upon turning the interior lights on, create a magical play of lights and shadows.
Structure and doors made from particleboard, veneered and stained. The thickness of the structure is 18 mm, the back panel 10 mm, and the fixed central divider 36 mm. Doors with frosted methacrylate disc inserts. Shelves made from transparent tempered glass, with polished edge, 5 mm thick. PVC or felt bumpers. Internal lights. Base made from powder-coated metal with adjustable feet, height 10 cm.
Body and doors: whitened beech, mocha beech