for the 2017 edition of maison & object in paris, jasper morrison and wataru kumano collaborated to create ‘stool’ in celebration of the 10th anniversary of more trees — an organization focused on forest conservation. 

 

‘stool’ has been presented outside of teamlab’s ‘blossoming green tea‘ digital art installation at M&O 2017. the exhibit was created in collaboration with en tea — a newly launched green tea brand from the hizen province of japan. visitors to the installation and café space — called ‘green tea from forest’ — were invited to sit on the stools and drink individually crafted tea beverages.


visitors at the installation and café space called ‘green tea from forest’
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more trees was founded in 2007 by composer and musician ryuichi sakamoto to promote forest growth and conservation — not only in japan, but around the world. the organization enters the design conversation at maison & objet paris in partnership with teamlab and en tea, through morrison and kumano’s design.


M&O guests were invited to sit on the stools and drink individually crafted tea beverages
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in a time of great urban expansion, forested areas are often placed in jeopardy. more trees seeks to promote products that utilize local japanese wood so that materials, that would otherwise go to waste, are utilized and serve a productive function for humanity. ‘stool’ is exclusively produced using hinoki, japanese cypress — directly sourced from higashi shirakawa, gifu, in japan.


a delicate arrangement of tea bags hangs from the ceiling 
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the tea bags are suspended from thin yarns and set in motion 
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‘stool’ has been presented in tandem with teamlab’s ‘blossoming green tea’ digital art installation at M&O 2017
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the exhibit was created in collaboration with en tea — a newly launched green tea brand from the hizen province
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the installation has been presented for the the 2017 edition of maison & object in paris
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elements from the en tea installation 
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natural ingredients surround a bag of en tea 
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jasper morrison stool
‘stool’ celebrates the 10th anniversary of more trees — an organization focused on forest conservation
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jasper morrison stool
the design exclusively utilizes japanese timber
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jasper morrison stool
‘stool’ embodies more trees’ mission to connect urban cities with forested areas
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jasper morrison stool
more trees was started in 2007 by japanese musician ryuichi sakamoto
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jasper morrison stool
the designers were chosen for the project because of their understanding of concept and product forms 
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jasper morrison stool
the product comes in three sizes: single, double, and long
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  • Lovely. The slightly formed (V-shaped) seat is nice to sit on, still flat enough to be used as a table. But — that closed-bottom groove is a sure food-and-drink trap, never to be adequately cleaned. An open slot would have required two beams rather than one — not in the budget ?

    Stephen Ritchings says:

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