The traditional typology of the outdoor bench is revamped with contemporary language. It’s an impressive piece that resembles a sculpture. Made of teakwood slats that cover the structure to the ground on both front and back, positioned horizontally on the aluminium structure in an original wave-like arrangement to create curves that are both pleasant and ergonomically functional.
The waters of Lake Titicaca dictate the shape (and name) of the bench by Fukasawa. This stretch of water lies between Bolivia and Perù, a lake 204 km long and 65 km wide that occupies around 8562 km². This very beautiful place caught the designer’s attention, and he tried to capture the movement of the waves to “move” the bench into a new, wavy shape.
Titikaka revolutionises the concept of a bench. Fukasawa redesigned a traditionally “immobile” piece and set it in a new realm of poetry and sculpture.
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Always devoted to achieving simplicity and beauty, Naoto Fukasawa designs products for numerous internationally prestigious brands, as well as collaborating as designer and consultant for many major Japanese companies. His creativity embraces very different sectors, from precision electronic equipment to furniture and interior design.
In his career as designer he has received important awards and many of his works are part of the permanent collections of museums such as the MoMa in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musuem in London and the Designmuseum Danmark. In 2007, the UK Royal Society of Arts awarded him the title of Honorable Royal Designer for Industry. In 2017, he became a member of the Loewe Craft Prize jury. He is a professor in the Integrated Design department at Tama Art University. In 2006, he established the “Super Normal” project with Jasper Morrison.
Since 2021 he is curator of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum in Tokyo. Fukasawa has co-authored with the photographer Tamotsu Fujii the volume The Outline -The Unseen Outline of Things, published by Hachette Fujingaho, and released the book Naoto Fukasawa published by Phaidon Press. In Spring 2018, he released his second book with Phaidon Press Naoto Fukasawa: Embodiment.