Co-moulded polyester resin tabletops decorated with the patterns used in kimonos. An aesthetic which is elegant and defined, inspired by Ukiyo, one of the most well-known cultural movements of the 18th Century. Related to shintoist realism, which states that nothing can remain unchanged for long, Ukiyo , living every moment to its fullest as a way to reach eternal life, as contradictory as that may sound. From this perspective, flowering becomes the most joyous, radiant period when the maximum amount of energy spreads all around. However, no one can say whether the just bloomed flower will still be alive a moment later.
Base is tubular steel with glossy red RAL 3003 powder coat finish, tops are molded polyester resin with embedded traditional Kimono fabrics; round top can be reversed and used as a tray.
Width: 55 cm
Depth: 45 cm
Height: 40 cm
In praise of the transitory
Design by Tomita Kazuhiko, 2006
Kazuhiko Tomita describes himself as a nomad wandering between the East and the West. His life story bears this theory out. He opened his own studio in Milan, “2.5-dimensional design” in the Italian design Mecca, and was soon working with the likes of Alessandro Mendini, Ettore Sottsass and Vico Magistretti. Products he has designed have been integrated into the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York. For him, simplicity is an important factor. But not Bauhaus-style minimalism. For Tomita, reduction to what is important is a feature of Japanese Shintoism, a belief that even inanimate objects have spiritual energy.