claesson koivisto rune reflects japanese gardens in bonsai seating collection for arflex claesson koivisto rune reflects japanese gardens in bonsai seating collection for arflex
may 24, 2016

claesson koivisto rune reflects japanese gardens in bonsai seating collection for arflex

claesson koivisto rune reflects japanese gardens in bonsai seating collection for arflex
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drawn from japanese aesthetics and culture, claesson koivisto rune has realized the ‘bonsai’ seating collection for arflex whose minimal, curvaceous shapes are reminiscent of bushes and shrubs. presented at salone del mobile during milan design week 2016, the series of upholstered lounge chairs, ottomans and couches are characterized by soft forms that echo natural geometries found in gardens across japan, where botanicals are cultivated and trimmed in order to create organic, cloud-like shapes.

claesson koivisto rune bonsai
the collection draws influence from japanese aesthetics and culture

 

 

 

in stark contrast to these undulating silhouettes, rectilinear wooden platforms supported on low, wooden legs elevate these rounded, upholstered forms above the floor plane. akin to ‘tokonoma’ — the practice of placing selected, cherished items, such as a bonsai trees, upon a horizontal surface in order to create an interior feature — these wooden platforms create a smaller, more dedicated frame within a larger interior context. within this frame, other elements such as an integrated lamp with a flowing fabric shade and a recessed stone plate for arranging potted plants on, or simply a stack of books, can be added to the scheme.

claesson koivisto rune bonsai
minimal, curvaceous shapes are reminiscent of bushes and shrubs

claesson koivisto rune bonsai
the upholstered lounge chairs, ottomans and couches are characterized by soft forms

claesson koivisto rune bonsai
rectilinear wooden platforms supported on low, wooden legs elevate the rounded upholstered forms

 

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