Composition No. IV

The concept consists of a coffee table. It’s horizontal surface defines it’s primary function; an object to place other objects at a convenient height when seated. However, can a coffee table be valued for more than it’s utilitarian function? With the rise of open plan interiors, furniture has slowly encroached upon the realm of what was traditionally architecture; the ability to define space. Fueled by digital design and new manufacturing capabilities, these small scale architectural inventions have blurred the line between furniture and architecture, transforming our living spaces with what we now call “Furnitecture”.  While the more utilitarian functions of architecture have been enthusiastically picked up upon by designers, historically architecture has had another important role; the ability to define culture. From the Neolithic Stonehenge in Wiltshire, to the Modernist Seagram Building in New York, architects have packed their creations with symbolism and meaning using language defined by the dominant culture of the era. Is it possible for “Furnitecture” to also define culture?
The concept attempts to invite meaning by providing users with a ritualized experience of breaking the marble top, as well as utilizing visual language and symbolism for the product form factor; a collage of different cultural references. It’s structure completes an allegory of personal transformation, of transcending failure and boldly accepting imperfection as desirable unique characteristic. The project also explores much broader ideas of identity and personal meaning. After post-modernism faded away in the last millennium, no new intellectual movement rose again to it’s prominence. One of the key characteristics of our era is its inability to define itself; the “atemporal” age. It has become harder for us to understand who we are and interpret our experiences both personally and as a community. How can the environment we create for ourselves help define our thinking and interpretations? The design hopes to create discussion and debate amongst viewers and users that can fuel the resulting culture for the future era. This project was featured in Made in Brunel Exhibition at the Bargehouse, Oxo Tower Wharf, June 2017 Click here to read the Official Press Release


Masayuki Kishi

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  • Industrial Designer

Project Tags

  • Furniture
  • conceptual art