NEKO — 2020
a stool inspired by japanese architecture and typography
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NEKO is a durable stool made of multiplex covered with linoleum or plywood. the sturdy apppearance is disrupted by the gap between the two seat boards which lets NEKO to appear light and pushes the monolithic appearance into the background. originally designed for a ramen restaurant in Japan, the stool fits perfectly in the livingroom as a multifunctional piece of furniture.
the first prototype was built from light plywood with a painted core to visualise the later inverted dynamic between the colored surface and the contrasting character shaped line created be the pure edge.
in the process of finding the shape of my stool, I looked at Japanese characters and architecture for inspiration. from this, I developed various shapes in my sketches and later built cardboard models from my favourite designs.