The choice of materials is a fundamental step in the design process, as it greatly contributes to creating the “personality” of an object, the feeling it gives to the user.
There couldn’t possibly be a weirder couple than these two materials.
Wood is a warm, natural material. Because it can be put in use without undergoing many productive processes, it comes in a limited variety of shapes and color. The veins and defects that are naturally found in the primary product represent its richness, as you won’t find a piece identical to another. This is one of the reasons that makes wood a quite fancy material.
On the contrary resin is mostly a synthetic and cheap material, but can be easily molded in any desired color and form.
Using a traditional Japanese technique, Jo Nagasaka peels off the surface of the wooden top, exposing an uneven surface. A layer of brightly colored epoxy resin is then deposited: it’s shade will be controlled by the depth of the rough surface.
By doing this Nagasaka preserves the warmth and the elegance of wood, but also gives it a more joyful touch and a convenient functionality.
The line composed by coffee table, side table, credenza and chair presented during the last London Design Festival sprouted from a project that was presented during 2011 Milan Design Fair and it will enrich the catalogue of the British design brand.