If there’s product designers on more of a roll than Japanese studio Torafu right now then we’d love to see their stuff because these guys are absolutely on fire (not literally). Whether it;s installing 800 wind chimes in a Tokyo department store or producing a shelf that doubles as a secret hiding place drawer, they have amazingly good ideas which they execute with that often-elusive combination of style and charm.
My favourite recent project of theirs though are the koloro desk and stools for the Ichiro brand. Torafu’s team understand that a desk is much more than an object, it’s a manifestation of the user’s mindset and as such they allow their spaces to be intimate, private and customisable from the colour to the set-up.
And though my complete lack of Japanese prevents me from fully understanding their website, it’s definitely one of those occasions where their actions speak louder than words. Tremendous stuff.
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