torafu architects produces cobrina - a series of small furniture
torafu architects produces cobrina - a series of small furniture torafu architects produces cobrina - a series of small furniture
jan 15, 2014

torafu architects produces cobrina - a series of small furniture

torafu architects produces cobrina – a series of small furniture
photo by fuminari yoshitsugu




in wanting to assist in optimizing one’s domestic space, torafu architects have produced ‘cobrina’ a series of nine small-sized furniture pieces developed in collaboration with hida sangyo. the aptly named collection (‘cobrina’ is derived from the japanese term ‘koburi-na’ which is often used to refer to small or undersized objects), is characterized by rounded edges and slender, slanted legs which makes it almost appear like a small flock of animals.


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the sofa is designed with slanted legs the form a tapered back rest
photo by fuminari yoshitsugu




the light-framed sofa accommodates two comfortably, and has no armrests with an angled bare back is supported by small cushions. a stool stands as a smaller version of the series’ dining table and can be used in the context of the sofa as a side table.


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the sofa, living table and AV cabinet appear as a flock of small animals with their subtly slanted legs
photo by fuminari yoshitsugu




designed for use in a living or tatami room, the livingtable has a gently curved table top that can be used facing any direction, or conveniently set against a wall if desired, just like the AV cabinet — a two-level unit supported by slender legs make its shelves appear wider, while giving the impression of being lightweight.


a hanger stand mimics the form of a tree, with hooks that are reminiscent of branches. a small bowl at its peak can be used for storing keys or small knick knacks.


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‘cobrina’ chairs and table
photo by fuminari yoshitsugu




the ‘cobrina’ chair is conceived to fit neatly under an accompanying table (whose top has been realized as a scaled-up version of the chair’s seating pans). the design’s overall natural wood structure features backrests that are expressed in both subtly inverted and non-inverted configurations that come upholstered and non-upholstered. the semicircular formation of the tabletop allows it to be intimately set against the wall so that space may be used more efficiently. the inclination of its legs mirror that of the chairs which make the over all dining unit appear as a cohesive set.


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the ‘cobrina’ chair, table, bench and island cabinet in the context of one another
photo by fuminari yoshitsugu




a slow sitting bench draws from the semicircular shape of the table and is available upholstered or non-upholstered; while four shelves are stacked to form the ‘cobrina’ islandcabinet. the storage piece’s openness makes it accessible from all sides, so that it can serve as a room divider or compact stand without interrupting a space.


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‘cobrina’ chairs featuring inverted and non-inverted backrests
photo by fuminari yoshitsugu


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