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Shades of Michelangelo

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Toshiki Omatsu

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Shades of Michelangelo

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Toshiki Omatsu

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2019

Material: Metal

Dimensions: 88cm (H) x 44cm (W) x 44cm (D) / 34.6" (H) x 17.3" (W) x 17.3" (D)

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

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The chair design fuses warm maple wood with a cold metal surface to create a simple form and an intriguing connection between natural and man-made materials.
The design comes from the question ‘what if the back plate is deformed according to one’s leaning on it backward?’
The back plate, the sheet and the partial front legs are made out of a single aluminum sheet with a thickness of 3mm, bended to the form. The partial front legs of the aluminum work not only for the design but also for structural strength, as there are no joints between the chair legs. The metal that has used for the seat and back plate of the chair harnesses new technology, which is more typically reserved for architectural façades, called ‘incremental forming’. It is a cutting edge technology and has been developed by a cooperative Japanese company, Kikukawa Kogyo Co., Ltd., is a dieless metalworking process that is suitable for small productions of a wide variety of products.

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Artist Profile

Born: 1973

Hometown: Tokyo

Based in: Kamakura-city

Toshiki Omatsu is a Tokyo-based, Japanese designer, born in 1973, and is a member of Architectural Institute of Japan.
He graduated from Kyoto Institute of Technology, Architecture & Design (B. Arch.) in 1996, and took a Diploma in The Berlage Institute, Amsterdam with The Netherland with Japanese Agency for Cultural Affairs, Overseas Study Grant in 1999.

After working in a several architecture offices in London, Tokyo, Hong Kong, he opened his own studio called “Toshiki Omatsu Atelier” in 2005 to design architecture, furniture and products, and has won a several competitions in Japan. He is currently a director of Space design department at a famous design school called “Kuwasawa design school” in Tokyo.

Since 2019, he has been energetically designing furniture aimed "Art x Technology", especially using aluminum.


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