schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture series‘ColoRing’ by schemata architects / jo nagasaka presented at spazio rossana orlandi during milan design week 2013image courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

 

jo nagasaka of schemata architecture office is known for applying brightly colored resin to wood furniture as a means of squaring off, uneven edges and surfaces, seen in his ‘flat table’ series which designboom covered here. he continues his application of intense hues to what would otherwise seem like dull wooden objects, however this time exploring the traditional japanese lacquering technique of udukuri–a process which is meant to emphasize and reveal the grain of the natural material. presented at spazio rossana orlandi during milan design week 2013, the surfaces of his ‘ColoRing’ series are polished with a brush made of sew grass that scrapes off the soft tissue exposing the rough natural texture of the wood grain. nagasaka uses leftover paint from other constructions that would otherwise be discarded to stain the pieces, visually representing the ancient technique. the timber is then polished flat leaving the unique DNA of the individual members of wood, exhibiting both the grain pattern and texture in a functionally vibrant design.

 

 update

we have updated our original article from march 31st, 2013 with new images of the finished pieces, as well as installation shots of the ‘ColoRing’ installation at spazio rossana orlandi presented during milan design week 2013.

 

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesdetail of a table surface whose natural grain is revealed through bright huesimage © designboom

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesthe ‘ColoRing’ series of composed of tables, chairs, stools and shelvingimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesinstallation view of ‘ColoRing’ at spazio rossana orlandiimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesleftover paint which would otherwise be discarded is used to color the surfaces applied through the udukuri techniqueimage © designboom

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesjo nagasaka of schemata architects with his ‘ColoRing’ furnitureimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesexposed grains rendered in a variety of vibrant complementary colorsimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects

 

schemata architects / jo nagasaka: ColoRing furniture seriesfurniture line includes tables and chairs of different styles and sizesimage courtesy of jo nagasaka / schemata architects