ICFF 2008: Takeshi Miyakawa


Used to Be Affordable Housing shelves

In case you missed it, the work of Williamsburg-based Japanese designer Takeshi Miyakawa stood out plainly at Brooklyn Designs two weeks ago and in an open studio during last week’s ICFF. Simple and geometric, Miyakawa’s furniture includes the 3×3 chair composed of three triangular plywood modules, each cut in tapering silhouettes to accentuate the distortion of perspective. The slender faceted planes of the Wedge table achieves maximum strength in the thinnest of surfaces, while the Family chair is cut from a single sheet of clear acrylic and cleverly folded to create six interlocking seats that, when detached, cannot stand alone. Finally, in an ironic experiment with scale, the Used to Be Affordable Housing cabinet turns a 5/16-inch scale model of siamese housing towers into stacked drawers. Turns out public housing has the perfect proportions to create compact storage. NYCHA take note: Merchandising possibilities abound. www.tmiyakawadesign.com

Family chair

3×3 chair

Wedge table

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