Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The Koloro - Having A Miniature Room For A Desk

From the project “Ichiro iro” launched by Ichiro Inc. in March 2012, comes its first product “kololo-desk” and “kololo-stool” which will be in stores in Japan on the 25th of June. Designed by TORAFU ARCHITECTS, along with the yellow and sky-blue version of the desk which has been previously launched, white, pink, khaki, and navy will be added to this family.

The stool will come in 4 colors, grey, dark grey, light-blue and green.
Numerous studies were done to decide the sizes and openings of the shelves to reach the shape it is today. The magnets give smoothness to the opening and closing for the windows, and the small doors on both the left and right were adjusted to be used as shelves. Also the stool comes in two heights, 430mm and 530mm. The higher stool was made to fit the size of a child.

Ichiro iro: The desk and stool make it possible to create your own space within a space and are proposed as “tools that reflect the user’s character” so that they can create a lifestyle that reflects their personality. Products from the Ichiro Iro project are everyday tools. Ichiro hopes they will offer hints that allow users to find greater enjoyment in their everyday lives by using tools that reflect their personality and by transforming their way of thinking.

Koloro-desk: A place to 'nest' at ease. The koloro-desk has windows in various locations.Its design is that of a small private room, where windows can be opened for a more airy, accessible feel, or closed when you don't want to be disturbed. Lighting, potted plants and such can be added, and there are windows for placing the occasional ornament, hooks for bags, and a cord manager allowing PC use. Arrange the koloro-desk to make a study for Dad, a play area for a child, a hobby space, or whatever you would like it to be.

Koloro-stool: Complete with storage capacity.

Designed to complement the koloro-desk, the koloro-stool is shaped like a vaulting horse.Underneath the soft cushioned seat is a box for storage, ideal for toys and other small miscellaneous items.

Koloro - Wagon Stacking Wooden Storage Boxes By Torafu Architects

These wooden storage boxes by Japanese designers Torafu Architects stack up to make little trolleys. Koloro Wagon storage units by Torafu Architects comprise three colour-coded trays with pivoting handles that allow them to be separated and carried like shopping baskets.

The L-shaped uprights of the handles will brace against the bottom of the box to stack the units vertically, with the cross-bars fitting into grooves on the underside of the box above. The bottom grooves will also accommodate the axels of a pairs of wooden wheels to form a trolley.

In today’s world, one space may be used alternatively as a dining area, work area, and child’s play area," said the designers. "What we propose here is a moveable storage cabinet to suit changing lifestyles, in terms of functionality and individual needs."

The trays come in sky blue, white, yellow, dark green, pink and grey. "Given the variety of colours available, the boxes can be designated by colour according to the needs of the family," said the designers. "One for a child's toys, one for a mother's hobby materials, one for a father's business documents and so forth, or according to their purpose."

Torafu Architects Produces Cobrina - A Series Of Small Furniture

Japanese studio Torafu Architects has designed a collection of small and lightweight wooden furniture. Torafu Architects created items in the Cobrina collection so they can be easily rearranged, in collaboration with manufacturer Hida Sangyo.

"We designed a series of small-sized pieces of furniture that allow space to be used more effectively," the designers said. The name Cobrina derives from the Japanese expression "koburi-na", used to describe things that are small or undersized. The nine oak pieces all feature angled legs and surfaces with rounded edges.

Chairs with winged backrests that point up or down are low enough to tuck under the table and can be ordered with upholstered seats. These chairs are available stained grey, black or bright blue, as well as in natural oak. A coat stand has a bowl on the top for storing keys, small change and other pocket-sized items. Removable cushions rest against the wooden back of the two-seater sofa, which doesn't have armrests.

Dining and coffee tables both have semi-circular tops and the small stools double as side tables. There are also two storage units: a low stand that has two shelves and a taller design with four.

Other furniture by the architects includes wooden storage boxes that stack up to make little trolleys, stools that can be grouped together to form a bench and shelves that feature hidden drawers.

Yas Collection Inspired By French Shepherds

Designed by Samuel Accoceberry for Bosc, the Yas collection draws inspiration from the Aquitaine shepherds of yore. Like the shepherds walked on stilts as they guarded their flocks, the Yas armchairs and sofas stand on wooden legs, holding aloft their downy seats.

The pieces are made up of traditional French elements such as oak frames, feather stuffing, wool upholstery, and leather toggle clasps. Combined with the inspired design, the timeless materials imbue the furniture with the texture, warmth, and history.

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