The exhibition – titled Tatami Refab Mission – displayed lampshades, lighting, tables, stools, basins and plant holders that appeared to glow due to the translucency of the fabric, which was constructed from grass and resin.
“Honoka has developed a singular materials by mixing biodegradable resin with Igusa grass, which is extracted from Japanese discarded Tatami mats,” mentioned Honoka.
“Utilizing ExtraBold’s giant 3D printer, the undertaking proposes furnishings that re-weaves Tatami into trendy life.”
The Igusa grass is minimize from the mats and floor up, earlier than being blended with biodegradable resin.
The ensuing pellets have been fed by means of a large-format 3D printer and assembled to create a variety of useful homewares and merchandise.
Each bit within the exhibition is 3D printed, but all have a woven, lattice or knitted impact paying homage to conventional Japanese craft methods.
The items have been colored beige, clear, inexperienced and lilac, with an added dimensional high quality relying on how gentle filters by means of due to their semi-transparency.
Tatami is a conventional fashion of mat constructed from lengths of dried Igusa grass which were utilized in Japanese interiors for hundreds of years.
The mats have been widespread due to their means to manage humidity and scale back odours in inside areas.
The recognition of Tatami mats has seen a decline lately, which prompted Honoka to think about how the mats could possibly be repurposed and reintroduced into up to date interiors.
The outcome was a collection of useful objects and furnishings that reference the frond-like look of Igusa grass, in addition to time-honoured Japanese craft methods.
Lighting designs that have been exhibited embrace a basket-like lampshade, the design of which recollects conventional Japanese lantern gentle shapes, by designer Ryo Suzuki.
Designer Shinnosuke Harada additionally created a lighting piece. Referred to as Taba, it was formed like a horizontally hung bundle of sticks certain within the centre and at both finish, which references how Igusa grass was transported earlier than being woven.
Fujiwara Kazuki, one other contributing designer, additionally created a lampshade – named Ami – that has a sparse, nest-like impact achieved by dripping the resin from above.
He additionally designed an identical stool, which has a equally criss-cross impact seat atop a layered, barrel-like physique.
Different stools within the assortment embrace Chigusa by designer Shoichi Yokoyama, which was primarily based on the silhouette of conventional Japanese Sen-suji saucers.
Yocell – a stool designed by Moritaka Tochigi – featured a faceted star-shaped seat knowledgeable by Asanoha, a geometrical sample widespread in Japanese crafts.
Every of the six shapes might be moved in isolation after which certain again collectively by two inflexible hexagonal binders.
Different gadgets introduced on the exhibition embrace a low desk with a 3D printed base that widens to help a transparent tabletop, additionally designed by Ryo Suzuki.
Designer James Kaoru Bury created the freestanding Tachiwaki basin, which includes a detachable 3D-printed panel to obscure saved merchandise beneath the sink.
“We designed a collection of furnishings to re-embed Tatami into trendy life utilizing 3D printing expertise and recycled supplies,” mentioned Honoka. “We are going to proceed to inherit the tradition of tatami to the subsequent era.”
All the items can be found to buy.
Honoka is a design lab shaped of six Japan-based product designers, who purpose to create authentic items by means of the usage of 3D printing and different cutting-edge manufacturing methods and supplies.
Different current tasks by Japanese designers embrace a wooden material that resembles terrazzo by Yuma Kano and Rio Kobayashi’s first solo show Manus Manum Lavat.
The pictures is by Sota Kamagai, Megumi Kurokawa and Takaho Nagumo.