schemata architecture office: flat project
schemata architecture office: flat project schemata architecture office: flat project
nov 25, 2009

schemata architecture office: flat project

earlier, in june this year, japanese architecture studio schemata poured color epoxy on the top board of school desks which were used in elementary schools. the now ‘flat’ desks were before uneven due to time deterioration or scribbling. although the school desks all have the same shape, they gradually gain individual character through the personal items of the pupil, like a school bag or a hat. however, in this project, the individuality of the desks is regenerated through colors, thanks to the craftsmanship and expertise of nakamura shuhei. he reset the the unevenness to ‘flat’ with translucent color epoxy. deep points are mirrored by dense colors and shallow points by more transparent shades. this project is part of the ‘flatproject’ series.

‘flat’ desks

‘flat’ desks

‘flat’ desks

currently schemata is displaying their ‘flat’ project series in an exhibition at happa gallery, tokyo. new additions include ‘flat’ tables.

‘flat’ table


detail of tabletop

the transparent epoxy resin creates a reflective surface


‘flat’ series tables, covered with different color resin

‘flat’ series tables, covered with different color resin

we featured the first in the ‘flat project’ series in january this year. view it here.

  • love it

    totoro says:
  • omg….love it so much…!!

    Kosby says:
  • pretty cool, i know what class rooms are like in japan. Every single elementary and junior high school has these desks.

    But the downside is that the design shows zero regard for the environment with the use of resin. No chance recycling the desk after this.

    liam mugavin says:
  • looks beautiful!

    fuli says:
  • @liam; why would anyone ever recycle a table? If it is forever to be a table than that is what it may forever be used as. Right?

    merk says:
  • amazing project…

    j says:

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