Award-winning Japanese architect, designer, and Professor Taeg Nishimoto plays with different kinds of materials to make spatial installations and architectural objects. Over again, he is on his way to explore new ways to use visual as well as tactile textural properties of the transparent plastic. To realize the mission, he has designed im Wald, a unique collection of side tables featuring transparent plastic legs, and a variety of differently-sized black disk tops. This plastic furniture range is designed to forge a different kind of quality to the physical appearance of plastic by creating a spontaneous texture to the transparent tubes.
Legs of this plastic side table consist of two types of plastic with identical transparency and hue – one is heat-resistant polyester sheet and the other is heat-responsive PETG (Polyethylene Terephthalate Glycol) tube (0.3mm thick.) Small rectangular pieces of the heat-resisting polyester sheet are randomly crumpled and then slid into the PETG tube to incorporate the right amount of tightness against the surface of the tube.
Before starting the heating process, both ends of the tube are closed and secured with black rubber rings, so that the circular profile of the tube stay maintained. And when heated air is applied on the outer surface of the tube, the folded polyester sheet inside starts unfolding itself, while PETG tube becomes soft and sticks to edges of the polyester sheet. The final outcome is one-of-a-kind table legs as each tube forms unique texture.
On the other hand, the tabletop disks are made of MDF finished in different shades and sheen of black paint. More than one disk is attached to plastic legs using by thin brass strips to complete one side table. Different sizes of tabletop disks look like they are built for different objects to be placed on the same table. Both the transparent tubes and folded polyester sheet create an appealing play of light contrasting the black tops. Overall, the im Wald furniture collection seems an interesting idea that finds new design possibilities for plastic. In the past, we also have featured London-based product designer Micaella Pedros who uses discarded plastic bottles as joints for making stools.