Soba. Trestle and bench by Stefan Diez for Japan Creative

Published on June 11, 2015

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Soba is the outcome of an enriching collaboration initiated by Japan Creative together with the Yamagishi bamboo shop located in Kochi island in the south of Japan.
Soba reinterprets the traditional bamboo bench, an object still used in lots of places in Japan and which became such an almost invisible object, by adding a twist in its construction to allow it to be easily assembled.

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Both items can be delivered flat pack in a rather small packing unit, which makes the design quite suitable to sell through an online store.

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Beside the bamboos, the only material which is additionally needed is kevlar rope, cleverly put together and tighten by hand to results into a very stable piece.

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Put outside, the pieces will age beautifully, taking advantage of their naturally waxed surfaces, slowly shading from a bright greenish into a light grey.

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Japan Creative is an initiative around Tokyo based designer and art director Masaaki Hiromura and sponsored by SEBU department store from Shibuya. JC purpose is to promotes Japan’s ancient and modern heritage in manufacturing and crafts by inviting international designers for a collaboration with one of Japans great masters.

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For 2015, JC were inviting London based designers BARBER & OSGERBY, Paris based designer PIERRE CHARPIN and Munich based designer STEFAN DIEZ who was invited to collaborate with YOSHIHIRO YAMAGISHI from the Kochi island in the south of Japan.

Stefan Diez, Japan Creative and Taketora

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