Split Vertically – Log Seating by Japanese Designers Torafu Architects
I bumped in to this collection of log seating by Japanese firm Torafu architects. Founded in 2004 by the Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro, they have a strong focus on making functional interior objects for the home. This could be furniture or product design, each one has a slight twist which makes them quirky in some way.
This particular seating was constructed from a tree using a Kobiki saw, a tool usually used for felling trees. These saws can be used to split the wood vertically, meaning you can utilise all of the wood without much wastage. After the log is split it is then left to dry, this is where the tree warps naturally and creates these interesting shapes for people to sit on.
Although this was designed to have a light underneath, the strength of this seating is the pure simplicity of it. It’s something natural inside the home and is actually functional as well, what more could you want? Here are a few photos from this intriguing collection, more projects can be found on their portfolio linked below.