Product design by Makoto Yamaguchi
Japanese architect Makoto Yamaguchi has recently been extending his practice to include sensitive and exquisitely crafted products.
His “Wooden Frame” is a picture frame cut from a single piece of wood.Â By forgoing typical frame construction and leaving the annular rings and bark intact, he creates a much more intimate connection with the natural material.Â Though it may look simple, there are some tricky design and manufacturing issues that arise from the grain direction.Â Â The horizontal and vertical beams are different in strength so the design carefully accounts for the thickness, shape and type of wood in order to create a sturdy structure.
“Drawer” was made for the “DEROLL Commissions Series 1: box” exhibition in which five Japanese architects were invited to make creations around the theme: “box”.Â Yamaguchi’s contribution is a stack of crisp wooden boxes that evoke surprise through their cleverly concealed drawers.
With forms both seductive and familiar, “2.8cm” is a range of cutlery inspired by the shape a ribbon takes when held between two fingers.
Written by Chris Kirby