takt project utilizes natural dyes in bespoke plastic table collection
all images courtesy of takt project & masayuki hayashi
plastics, in all their various forms, are a quintessential element in the world of mass-production. objects can be made with the material efficiently and identically, while simultaneously maintaining relatively-low production costs. however, average consumers have begun shying away from the homogenous culture created by replicability. people want to be different: a trend clearly seen in the skyrocketing of products (computers, sneakers, etc.) that can be individualized by the buyer.
natural dyes: safflower, cherry blossom, and japanese indigo
this has created an edge point where individual taste meets the advantages of mass-production. ‘dye it yourself’, is one such embodiment of this concept, and proposes a change in direction for plastic objects and furniture. designed by japanese studio takt project, ‘dye it yourself’ is a series of tables made of a porous plastic composite. the material is frequently used in industrial applications, but is rarely found in consumer goods. by re-interpreting its porous characteristics, takt project found it to be easily dyeable using natural means such as: safflower, cherry blossom, and japanese indigo.
‘dye it yourself’ table soaking up safflower
using nothing but color, a simple mass-produced table transforms into a one-off furniture element that showcases the individual expressions of its owner. takt project sees ‘dye it yourself’ as a proposition that can alter the relationship between product and consumer, bringing them both closer to a yet unseen horizon. the ‘dye it yourself’ furniture collection was presented at the any tokyo exhibition during tokyo design week 2015.
dyed by japanese indigo + chestnut
japanese indigo + chestnut top detail
dyed by leaf of cherry blossom + chestnut
leaf of cherry blossom + chestnut top detail
dyed by safflower + japanese indigo
safflower + japanese indigo top detail
‘dye it yourself’ tables on display at any tokyo exhibition
dyes and samples displayed during the exhibit
edited by: nick brink | designboom