(jiří macek) Japanese designer Keiji Ashizawa presented the Drawer Shelf dresser, which looks very minimalist and simple at first sight, at the Superprototype exhibition at the Design Week in Tokyo. However, its realm is dance.
Keiji Ashizawa has designed a three-layer rhythmical composition for three wooden drawers in collaboration with the Tanseisha company. The mobility of crates and their dimensions points at the issues of harmony and stability, which one can tempt and disrupt due to his/her own arrangement. However, the Drawer Shelf will most please the fans of the Japanese master Naoto Fukosawa and his friend Jasper Morrison, whose minimalist work stands closest to the crates. Even thought the structure abides with an unusually rich motion repertory, it is not only an aesthetic mannerism, but enables a versatile incorporation into the given space. After all, Keiji Ashizawa is not the first designer to play with the motion of a dresser – last year, the British studio of Raw Edges played a more opulent rhapsody with a skyscraper among dressers in the Stack storage system designed for Established and Sons.
A graduate from Yokohama National University, Keiji Ashizawa established his own designer studio in 2005. Its portfolio includes very prominent clients, such as Issey Miayke, Swatch, Toschiba, and Watanabe Production. Apart from architecture, Keiji Ashizawa also focuses on design.
For more information, see www.keijidesign.com.