Naoto Fukasawa’s namesake Awa table instantly becomes a perfect “anywhere surface.” Awa table’s top features an elliptical shape that maximizes the usable surface area; its base mimics this shape creating an elegant footprint from which an asymmetrically oriented columnar support fluidly emerges to support the top. Awa table’s seamless construction is enabled by Cristalplant – a novel, technologically-advanced material that is a 100% recyclable, UV-resistant composition of mineral and polymers that mimics the velvety smooth aesthetic of polished stone. Widely used in high-end bathroom fixtures, Fukasawa’s use of Cristalplant was one of the first applications for the home furnishings market.
Naoto Fukasawa graduated from Tama Art University’s product design department in art and 3D design in 1980 starting his career as a designer at Seiko-Epson Corporation. In 1989, he left Japan for the San Francisco where he joined a small office that had employed 15 persons – ‘ID Two’, the predecessor of IDEO. In 1996, he helped establish IDEO in Japan. In 2003 he established his own studio and joined the advisory board of the Japanese company MUJI. Fukasawa’s designs have now won more than 50 awards in Europe and the United States.
Awa’s form is ideal as a side table. Because of the clever orientation of its vertical support, the Awa side table is also perfect for use as a floating surface in conjunction with a modular or sectional seating system.
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