A common misconception is that design is the process of crafting the centre of attention, when in reality it’s the important process of creating a world in which balance prevails. If the object is too showy there must be a harmony to counter balance. Then, with each element maintaining its proper position beauty and richness can prevail.
Two Japanese designers are really letting their work sing by following these classic principles to achieve harmonious furniture that’s timeless in appearance.
London based design studio Mentsen consists of Yasuyuki Sakurai and Risa Sano. Founded in 2011, the name Mentsen means ‘surfaces and line’ in Japanese, referring to the number of different mediums and scales they are working in.
I am so impressed by the clarity and thoughtfulness in their work. Even though minimalistic in style, there’s a presence about their work that stands out. Using quirky details and simple finishes it just shows that even if you strip back your design, if you do it with the process of reducing the non-essential in mind you can let the essentials truly shine.
With their goal being to design authentic solutions that influence and emotively engage the audience, they have certainly done that to me and I look forward to seeing what they bring to the table (no pun intended) in the near future!