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PLAY Round Table

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Shigeki Yamamoto

US$ 5,500

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Material: Wood

Limited Edition

Dimensions: 75.0cm(H) x 150.0cm(W) / 29.5"(H) x 59.1"(W)

Diameter: 150.0cm / 59.1"

Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.

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It’s my goal to keep work playful. When I was a child, I never felt the need to follow a strict
plan, while trying to be creative. Without ever thinking about it, I allowed myself the
freedom, to act on intuition. The way I construct my Play Furniture really embodies this
idea. I don’t want to have a clear vision of how my furniture will look from the get go, I
love to surprise myself when I’m working.
Obviously there are always some external factors that impact my work. In this particular
case it was the high weight of the tabletop, that had to be taken into consideration while
designing the base of the table.
Working with wooden plug connections gives me a great amount of creative freedom, but
on the flip side each plug has to carry a lot of weight on a relatively small surface. So the
main task was to find a way to distribute the load on as many plugs, as needed to get a
stable structure.
That way my first idea to create a single leg table base proofed to be impossible, but
piece by piece I found a way, to match the static requirements with my vision of how I
wanted the design to look. The result is a true symbiosis of art and functionality. Every
element of the table has not only aesthetic meaning, but is truly essential for its stability.

This is also true for the incorporation of the brass bars, that add an elegant contrast to
the simplicity of the wooden elements. You could also interpret this as the visual
expression of the harmony between my playful work approach (wood) and the technical
functionality (brass), that was decisive for the whole building process.
For the coloring of the oak wood I used chalk again. I like the way how I have to get my
hands dirty to apply it directly on the material. Moreover, it gives the wood an especially
organic looking color, that creates an irreproducible covering power depending on the
structure of the surface. That way the uniqueness of each piece is preserved instead of
being erased.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1979

Hometown: Osaka

Lives and Works: Berlin

Shigeki Yamamoto was born in 1979 in the Osaka prefecture of Japan & studied interior design at the Osaka Sogo College of Design. After graduating in 2000 he worked under Nobuyuki Tachibana, a Japanese iron sculptor. Shigeki Yamamoto also held a number of solo and group exhibitions as a metal furniture creator.

Since moving to Germany in 2006 he trained as a carpenter & has focussed on woodwork.
His original brand studio“Shigeki YAMAMOTO” was launched in Berlin in 2010. This brings a sense of fun into daily life while maintaining his love of quality.

He tries to keep a spiritual richness in his works in the face of today's industrialized mass production.

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