in his latest project titled ‘colonia’ japanese designer yosuke matsushita has created a solid material by dipping sponges into melted resin. the result is a series of unique trinket boxes boasting a textured glass-like surface.

yosuke matsushita dips sponges into melted resin to create colorful solid cases colonia

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to form each colorful cartridge matsushita adds paint to melted resin and then places a piece of melamine sponge in the liquid. he then turns the sponge until the outermost part is soaked in the liquid whilst making sure to leave one side untreated.

yosuke matsushita dips sponges into melted resin to create colorful solid cases colonia

 

 

matsushita then gently presses the sponge to release some of the resin before leaving it to rest and eventually solidify. finally, he removes the part of the sponge left untouched by the resin, leaving a solid casing.

yosuke matsushita dips sponges into melted resin to create colorful solid cases colonia

 

 

matsushita hopes by demonstrating a simple process like this that he demonstrates an element of accessibility when it comes to design. he also wants draw attention to the homogenised state of the industry. ‘we are surrounded by many colorless things made from mass-production‘, he explains. ‘this product has possibility to make our life more colorful through actual making experience and feeling of the texture, scent and tone to enhance our perception.’

yosuke matsushita dips sponges into melted resin to create colorful solid cases colonia

yosuke matsushita dips sponges into melted resin to create colorful solid cases colonia

yosuke matsushita dips sponges into melted resin to create colorful solid cases colonia

yosuke matsushita dips sponges into melted resin to create colorful solid cases colonia

yosuke matsushita dips sponges into melted resin to create colorful solid cases colonia

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