Nobolu (Hanger Stand) by Shinn Asano
2012 - 2013, Bronze A' Furniture and Homeware Design Award Winner
Inspiration
The Sen furniture series, including the Nobolu hanger stand, was inspired by the unique aspects of traditional Japanese craft, patterns, hieroglyphs and nuances. It also has been created with lines that minimize excess to express both form and functionality in a range of applications because I am a designer with background in graphic design and would create furniture just like a simple perspective drawing on paper.
Creativity
Shinn Asano with background in graphic design releases 6 piece collection of steel furniture called Sen, which turns 2D lines into 3D forms. The Sen has been created with lines that minimize excess to express both form and functionality in a range of applications, inspired by the unique aspects of traditional Japanese craft, patterns, and others. Nobolu hanger stand is inspired by the shapes of Japanese hieroglyphs. The bottom is grass, the middle is the sun, and the top is a tree, meaning that the sun is rising.
Design Challenges
The major role of graphic design is to communicate something to people, and product design is to be used by people. Also, graphic is dealt in a limited plane, in an imaginary or unreal world. On the other hand, product is a solid object in a real world. While such differences cross over with one another, respective results are achieved; I feel the challenge and the fun in such design process. I have given Nobolu Hanger Stand a functional role of product, as well as a role of planar composition and communication of graphic.
Production Technology
Manufactured at a wire works, three piece of steel wire are bent as 2 dimensional lines. Second, these 2 dimensional lines are combined and welded beautifully. Finally, 3 piece of v-shaped bent wires are welded on top parts.
       
     
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