depth of soil

In the layers of earth that appear along a cliff, or that appear when digging into the ground, long dormant rock and fossils show their faces. Looking deep into the soil means looking far into the past. This can be understood as the state of “time” being equatable with “depth.” The collection is built around the theme of “depth that expresses time.”

First, the base of the collection, the terrazzo, was designed, using transparent laser-cut acrylic pieces as the aggregate. The pieces were individually dyed and adhered into six-layer stacks, and different proportions of dyed and clear layers in the stacks created a sense of depth in each piece as well as the overlap between pieces. In order for the sense of depth to be perceived on the surface, the pieces were placed in a gradient pattern. Here and there, motifs evocative of ammonites and trilobites, or fossils of plants and fish were added. Resin plaster was poured as the last step, and the product is finished once it is hardened and polished.

The terrazzo was used to produce three tables and a chair in forms inspired by ammonites. By expressing the varied depth of aggregate pieces lying within each body, the design allows the user to sense the “aggregation of time.”

Shota Tao
Hirotaka Tanaka
Naoko Nishizumi
Hiroshi Iwasaki