Kuma Layers Plywood to Create Visual Landscapes and Functional Furniture

 - Jan 18, 2014
References: kkaa.co.jp & dezeen
Japanese restaurant guide Gurunavi recently enlisted the help of Japan-based acclaimed architect and designer Kengo Kuma -- known for his layered visual landscapes -- to design two spaces in the city of Osaka in Japan that share the same interior design features. One is for a information center for Gurunavi and another is for a cafe called the Shun*Shoku Lounge, where "various kinds of food-related items are laid out on this wooden ground," Kuma explains.

Using his signature style of aesthetic layering, Kuma uses boards of plywood to create a visually striking landscape of stepped topography from the floor stacked to the ceiling. The wooden boards were designed for dual use -- visually and functionally as furniture.

The two locations have glass panels wrapped around them on all sides with the back of the space fitted with a solid wall.