leif. design park from japan

I had not heard from Leif. design park before but I am glad to have found them. Their designs are just amazing! Leif. design park is a design team based in Japan, consisting of Takashi Ueno and Mamoru Naito and Keizaburo Honda. Their main work is widely ranged from interior design to art and industrial products. They maintain the highest quality production by cooperating with specialists from arts and crafts friends. The designs below were displayed at the Milan Furniture Fair 2007.

The chairs (top image) and the beautiful credenza (third image) are from the Tone collection. In Japan’s craft culture, predecessors have created much craft work applying the traditional techniques of parquetry, which brings out the natural taste of the various types of wood used. The unstained natural colors of wood must result from absorbing the numerous nutrients within the soil. The diversity is amazing. Tone is an attempt at producing furniture using effectively materials and skills established in the Japanese culture.

The gorgeous bench is named ‘KuKunochi’, which means the guardian that protects the forest and nature. This concept is grounded on Japanese traditional fantasy, and the branches growing from the large, impressive base implicates it. The combination of the soft texture of the seat cover (urethane foam) and the symbolic forms of the back (made of white ash) is also a significant feature. The design was inspired by an image of nature, combined with the calm that exists in a traditional Japanese garden.

Check out their website to see their entire collection. You will be amazed!

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