Komorebi is a desk, chair, and lamp set which takes inspiration from Japanese craftsmanship and design philosophy. Constructed purely of locally-sourced ash wood puts an emphasis on material and craft.
The forms of Komorebi draw inspiration from traditional Japanese temples and architecture from the Gifu region.
The name Komorebi translates to sunlight streaming through trees. A similar way to how light peaks through the slatted wood in my designed set.
This collection draws inspiration from the traditional architecture and woodworking native to the Hida-Takayama region, an area heavily influenced by the cultures of Kyoto and Tokyo in the Edo period (1603-1868). A significant time of peace and prosperity in Japan, it prompted a great surge in artistic, cultural and social development.
A desk, chair, and lamp
Design a set consisting of a desk, chair, and lamp for professionals working “off-site” in a home or apartment environment.
This set is to realize a product line through elegant and classic design in order to remain relevant in todays market.
The set should be strong, unique, beautiful, great quality, recognizable, and simple.
1 Being comfortable at home is important
2 Staying organized it key
3 Separation of personal and work life is hard
With insights in mind, a wide variety of concepts were sketched out. Looking at ideas from gaming/streaming stations, all the way to Zen garden-inspired tabletops.
Scale model ideation
With a direction in mind, the next step was to bring the idea to a physical space. 1/8 scale paper models helped give proportional relations and brought the concepts into the real world.
Two initial directions
A majority of the ideation phase was spent looking at two unique concepts. Pairing them against each other allowed for deeper feedback and merit analysis.
Zen garden-inspired desk
Inspired by Japanese architecture and woodworking.
Origami folding table
A customizable workspace to be just what is needed.
A new inspiration
After working through multiple scale models, I re-centered my concepts by studying Japanese design philosophy. I found new inspiration and designed a new set.
My inspiration came from a video, "kawaue residence"; displaying a 175-year old village home in the Gifu region.
Following the new direction, CAD helped to understand what design problems needed to be solved. Exploring all possibilities of surface pattern, leg design, and chair concepts.
1/4 scale models
The chair and table were both simplified to accentuate the slatted wood. Japanese design puts emphasis on material, which was my reason for displaying the slatted wood as a primary read in the set.
After refining the design dimensions, a full scale model was made to dial in the proportions and view the piece with dimensional accuracy.
A set created with Japanese design philosophy in mind. Craft, material, and culture. A contemporary take on traditional processes to create a strong, unique, beautiful, great quality, recognizable, and simple set of furniture.
Final dimensions, design decisions, and materials were decided. Final renderings were made to view the set in a full environment with accurate materials.
Full scale chair
Tasked with creating a piece of the set. The chair contains joinery and manufacturing processes that are used in the other parts of the set. I wanted to explore these processes so I decided to make this piece.
Finding the right material
Research and inspiration led me to Ash wood: Origins from Japan. A wood that boasts a powerful grain. Strong, sturdy, and clean processing.
Over two months in the spring of 2021 I spent time constructing the chair. This is my documentation of the process during that time.
The final model of the chair follows the inspiration from Japanese craft and material. Purely constructed of locally-sourced ash wood emphasizes the natural beauty of the material.