Playgrounds don’t always need to be furnished with items designed for children. Mikiya Kobayashi held an exhibition, Playscape, in his Tokyo design shop to show that there’s an opportunity for furniture to interact with everyone and create a poetic landscape. The exhibition showcases various park-like furnitures such as a swing, seesaw, rocking chair, mountain and cradle.
Each piece is made from Japanese hardwood and covered with Kvadrat textiles in shades of black and white, orange and blue.
Mikiya Kobayashi was born in Tokyo in 1981 and graduated from Mushashino Art University in 2005. In 2006, after working at Field Four Design Office in Japan, he started his own studio, “Mikiya Kobayashi Design.”
Kobayashi first opened his design store in 2006 and named it “Taiyou no Shita” but changed the name to “Increments” this Summer to commemorate the move. The Playscapes exhibition was held to mark the rebrand.
Koyabashi is a recognized name in the field. In 2017, he won the IF Product Design Award (Germany); in 2015, the Good Design Award (Japan), and in 2013, he was the winner of Elle Decor’s Japanese Design Talent.
In conjunction with the opening of Playscape, Design Milk caught up with Kobayashi to talk about Japanese furniture design.
I know you collaborate with other studios and designers frequently; is there one collaboration that you particularly enjoyed?
It’s difficult to just mention one company, because I am always getting new and great experiences from all collaborations.
But I can say HARU which is one of Karimoku’s brands was the most important opportunity for me in terms of designing furniture. When I met Karimoku, I didn’t have any experience in designing chairs. I learned important standards for furniture design from them. The reason they are able to make good seating is because they measure blood pressures, heart rates and so on, and take that into account. It was great experience for my work.
Can you tell if something is made by a Japanese designer? If so, how do you tell? What is unique about Japanese furniture?
I don’t want to immediately say “Simple” or “Minimal”…. It’s difficult to tell you the originality of Japanese design, where it comes from. If I were to talk about myself, I think my important thing for my design is to find good balance anytime. For me it is the balance of space and people, people and people, objects, people and people.
What was your inspiration behind the donut stool?
You can take this stool easily by grabbing the form of the donut. For a stool, the most important thing is to be able to take it easily and bring it anywhere (House, office, outdoors, so on).
As for the shape of the stool, I designed it in line with the balances I mentioned earlier.
What do you enjoy about being a furniture designer?
I am always so happy when I come into a space and I see that the space has my furniture, and people are using my furniture.
This is especially so when I see that the space has not only my furniture, but also other designer objects. That is so great to me. Because to make good harmony with the furniture from other design philosophies is an important aspect for my design. It’s natural for one design to have to relate to the other.
How does Japanese culture inform Japanese design?
I think form follows not only function but also mind.
And in terms of our mind, I think Japanese design is caused by respect for everything.
How does Tokyo influence you?
I like working in Tokyo because Japan has many manufacturing companies and they work with many different materials. This makes it easy for the furniture industry.
Aug 21, 2016 0
Apr 07, 2013 Comments Off on 11 Great Tips For DIY Jewellery Organizers
Sep 18, 2018 0
Sep 18, 2018 0Although many may think they are just stylish containers to showcase wine, decanters are actually an invaluable tool that ensures wine drinkers get the best out of every blend and bottle. Not to be...
Sep 18, 2018 0
Sep 18, 2018 0
1V0-601 test ?, 000-080 exam ?, ITILFND test ?, 70-488 dumps ?, PR000041 dumps ?, c2010-652 pdf , VCP550 Exam ?, 000-017 test ?, 300-115 certification ?, 300-208 Brain dumps ?, 70-246 dumps ?, 70-462 test ?, HP0-S42 test ?, 220-802 dumps , 300-135 pdf ?, OG0-093 pdf ?, SSCP certification , PMP dumps ?, SSCP dumps , LX0-104 exam ?, 300-208 exam , 1Z0-061 exam , 642-732 test ?, 70-411 Exam ?, 642-732 certification , EX200 pdf , 100-101 dumps ?, OG0-093 dumps ?, 642-999 test , MB2-707 certification ?, CAS-002 exam ?, 350-018 certification , NS0-157 exam , 000-105 pdf ?, NS0-157 dumps , 640-916 test ?, 1Z0-060 exam , 352-001 exam ?, 640-911 test , 70-346 pdf ?, 1Y0-201 exam ?, 642-999 pdf ?, ADM-201 pdf ?, 700-501 test ?, CAP exam ?, LX0-104 certification ?, CISM exam ?, 642-999 certification , 300-206 pdf ?, 70-463 certification ?, CAS-002 certification ?, 70-246 certification ?, 810-403 pdf , JK0-022 certification , CAS-002 test ?, 220-902 exam , 300-070 pdf ?, 70-534 test ?, c2010-657 dumps ?, 70-347 test ?, NSE4 test ?, 300-115 pdf , MB6-703 Exam ?, CCA-500 test ?, 70-483 dumps ?, ITILFND certification ?, 300-101 exam , PEGACPBA71V1 dumps ?, 1Z0-051 exam ?, 70-347 certification ?, 300-320 Brain dumps ?, 000-106 certification ?, 300-208 test ?, 220-802 certification ?, 1Z0-060 exam ?, 74-678 certification ?, 1Z0-061 dumps ?, 1Z0-144 Study Guides ?, 70-346 exam ?, 210-260 certification ?, 640-692 test ?, 642-732 test ?, ICGB certification , 74-678 dumps ?, 350-018 exam , 1Z0-061 Study Guides ?, 000-080 certification ?, CISM dumps , 1Z0-803 exam ?, LX0-103 Brain dumps ?, CRISC certification ?, 220-901 exam , 1Z0-804 dumps ?, 9L0-012 dumps ?, 300-320 dumps ?, MB5-705 exam ?, SSCP certification ?, MB2-704 dumps ?, 70-486 dumps ?, 1z0-434 Study Guides ?,