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FILL ME

2019 by YURIKA TANAKA 田中佑理佳

Plaster, Fruit cushioning

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椅子と人が触れ合う時に感じる荷重の粗密を石膏と果物用の緩衝材を用いて表現した。石膏は構造体、緩衝材はクッションになる。緩衝材を敷いた型に石膏を流して制作した。緩衝材の色や網目の細かさ、石膏の硬さや流す手順の違いによって様々な表情が生まれる。椅子と人は似ている。それぞれに個性があり、足があって、どこかを向いて佇んでいる。私にとって他人を知っていく過程はとても地道で永遠に未知な魅力があると感じる。椅子のデザインという課題の中で、椅子の制作にも私が人と関わるような感覚で向き合いたいと思った。私たちが日々重力を受けながら自由に走ったり踊ったり座ったりするように、液体から個体へすぐに変化してしまう石膏という素材で、重力に従いできる限り自由な表現を求め制作した。

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The sensual connection between a chair and its user, is  replicated by the combination of plaster and EPE foam net. Here, plaster becomes the structure, foam net becomes the cushion. By pouring plaster fluid on the shape covered with EPE foam net, a chair emerges. The surface texture changes in answer to the variation of the foam net’s color and mesh density, along with differences in hardness and fluid speed of the plaster during the manufacturing process. Chairs are just like human beings. They all have their own characteristics, and while they are standing, they have a particular direction to face. During the chair design project, I have a strong feeling that designing a chair is similar to getting to know a person. The process of getting to know other people contains so many unexpected episodes, that it has endless power fascinating me. Like the manner as how we walk, dance and sit freely under the effect of gravity, for this chair, plaster—a material can turn from liquid to solid form, trying to reach its limit by the force of gravity.