GREEN SOLID COLLECTION 

(2017)

Concept:

Kosuke Araki, Akira Muraoka

Direction:

Kosuke Araki

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Green Solid Collection consists of three different material-experiment projects named Pasta, RRR and Kome Hariko.

 

Especially focusing on the ones rooted in Japanese culture, we have been revisiting plant-based materials and the techniques of processing them in search for alternative use of them. We, for example, refer to an old composite used for setting hairstyle and a glue made from rice, which some carpenters used for even constructing a house.

The ‘Green’ in the title implies not only that the materials we play with are all derived from plants but also that they are ecological. Nowadays, when making something tough, pliable or waterproof, synthetic resin-based materials can be the first choice, but they are not often good for the environment. However, even though each composites in this collection is comprised of nothing but plant-based materials, which are probably too familiar to be rediscovered, it achieves the properties which could be regarded as unachievable without using materials containing synthetic resins.

 

The collection is a result of our continuous curiosity into natural materials from our previous project Agar Plasticity, which explores a potential usefulness of agar derived from red algae as an alternative to synthetic plastics.

 

This is another one of our researches for finding ecological ways of making our life better and healthier.

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​This project was developed for an exhibition, EXPERIMENTAL CREATIONS, which took place as a part of Ventura Lambrate during Milan Design Week 2017.

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PASTA

Design, development and production:

Kosuke Araki

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For Pasta collection, Kosuke refers to an old composite used for setting hairstyle.

 

The vase is entirely created from plant-derived materials. Pasta is named after its pasta-like appearance, so they are not made of flour.

It is actually mainly made from pine resin and vegetable wax, but feels like plastic - translucent, pliable and water-proof. The basic colour is yellow, which is derived from the raw material. To make other colours and patterns, food colouring which is also processed from some plants is used.

The material has shape-memory feature. By warming up, it becomes soft and the shape can be modified, then by cooling down, it remembers the shape. Each of the items is handcrafted, and the shape of the rim of the vase is freely formed by hand one by one. Therefore, each owns unique characteristic. In addition to the vases, some containers are also made as a forming exercise.

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RRR

Design and production:

Kosuke Araki

Development:

Kosuke Araki, Akira Muraoka

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RRR stands for Rice Reinforced Rolls / Ridges. They are made of rice, sawdust and jute. The legs of the stool look robust and heavy, but they are cylindrical so the stool is actually light.

For RRR, Kosuke and Akira refer to a glue made from rice, which some carpenters used for even constructing a house.

Nowadays, there seems to be certain amount of rice which is not even consumed as feed in some reason. (Research about this is in progress...) That is why, new ways of utilising the wasted rice are being tested.

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​KOME HARIKO

Design, development and production:

Akira Muraoka

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Kome Hariko is also a result of our material experiments with rice glue.

 

​Kome means rice in Japanese and Hariko is the name of a traditional Japanese craft which makes hollow objects with Japanese paper and glue. Instead of using the typical glue, rice glue is used for Kome Hariko to give it more strength.

 

Containers, a low stool, bird-shape objects are made, and also Because rice glue shrinks when drying, a miniature of coat hanger comprised of three wooden rods tied with a rice-glued strip of Japanese paper was on display to show its possible application.

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