sketch / image
  • 2015.04
for Asahi Woodtec

Flooring material designed for Osaka manufacturer Asahi Woodtech, who specialize in floors with 2mm thicknesses, creating the solid wood without the warping and burring seen in a lot of standard parquet floors.
In normal parquet flooring, the joints between the planks are treated with a v-shaped process both vertically and horizontally, in order to make the seams stand out less. However, with these floors, only the vertical treatments have been used, creating a kind of ‘flow’ to their texture. These vertical joints come in 3 different interval patterns; the wide one expresses ‘slowness’, the narrow one ‘quickness’, and the third one a midpoint between the two. They allow one to determine the direction of a space. That is, they can gently orient one’s attention towards the outdoors, such as in a spacious room with a big window, or they can make one feel as if one is moving quickly, such as in a corridor. In this way, they create a sense of ‘pace’ or ‘speed’ in a given space. Furthermore, as all 3 types have been made according to the same standardized measurements, different interval patterns and colours can be mixed and used together too. This carefully considered design makes use of narrower planks that are usually discarded, and can also be manufactured at a faster rate by omitting the horizontal v-shaped treatments, making it both a more eco-friendly and time-saving piece of carpentry.

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Collaborator : tyy
Photographer : Akihiro Yoshida