wafer collection by claesson koivisto rune for matsuso t




the wafer collection by claesson koivisto rune for japanese manufacturer matsuso t, combines light and dark-coloured wood in stripes. presented at imm cologne 2015, the effect of the walnut and maple is both graphic and fun, like the familiar confectionery wafers you couldn’t stop eating as a kid. but it is also technically challenging to combine two types of wood. and, not least, to seamlessly morph round-section legs that meet flat planes. finally, the stripe pattern has a different scale for each piece of the collection, fitting the size and geometry best.
wafer chair




the central theme of the wafer collection is based upon combining a light-coloured wood with a dark-coloured wood. the three items; a chair, a petite shelf and a small side table, are characterized by the alternating of these two woods arranged to create a graphic, striped effect. the collection’s name, ‘wafer’, refers both to the striped pattern effect as well as the ’wafer-thin’ outer edges found on each item. of course, the name also conjures other familiar associations; such as confectionery. the collection showcases the fantastic manufacturing capabilities of matsuso t, where handicraft and high-tech go hand in hand.

wafer chair 




the wafer chair has the broadest spaced stripes of the three items. although the outer edges of the seat appear thin, the main section, or core, of the chair is much thicker. made from solid wood, via combination of 3-d cutting and hand finishing, the chair is the ’prize’ of the collection. the seat is purposefully curved more generously than anything that can be achieved with normal wood veneer lamination and the striped effect accentuates this. the horizontally-striped chair looks very inviting and thanks to the short seat and curvatures the comfort is perfect.

wafer chair


wafer chair – detail


wafer side table




the wafer side table has the most densely striped pattern of the family. small in its proportions, it can easily be picked up and moved to where needed. working equally well next to a sofa as it would beside a bed.

wafer shelves





the wafer shelf has a more tightly striped pattern than the chair, but features other similar characteristics such as thin edges, with the shelves proportionally reduce in size as they rise towards the top. the leg supports also have the radiused joint detail seen on the underside of the chair where the legs meet the seat. claesson koivisto rune have intentionally given the shelf a smaller proportion. it still works as a space-divider, but rather as in ‘low wall’ format as opposed to a higher, room dividing shelf. the petite size of the storage piece broadens the number of situations where it can be used. it can be positioned against a wall, but it works best as a freestanding object in a room as it has no obvious backside.

wafer collection by claesson koivisto rune for matsuso t


claesson koivisto rune review prototypes of the wafer collection in japan



sketches of the wafer collection