The KOBO ST-SHELF is a shelf made out of plywood and Lshaped steel extrusions. No matter how you look at it, the most unique characteristic of this shelf lies in its simple structure. While the shelf’s lean construction gives it a light and airy impression, it also is surprisingly strong. The plywood shelves are finished with linoleum, a material that is not only sustainable but also has a characteristic soft texture – leading to a gentle welcome for books or other objects you choose to place on the shelf. The detailing of the steel legs is shared by the KOBO ST-DESK and theKOBO ST-TABLE. When used together as a set, one can feel the space being imbued with a sense of unity.
Design : Keiji Ashizawa
(b. 1973) lives and works in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Yokohama University School of Architecture in 1995, Ashizawa spent the first ten years of his career working as both an architect and steel fabricator. The unique skills and experience gained throughout these early years, including a valued understanding of metals, continue to influence his approach to design.
Keiji Ashizawa presents work of ‘honest’ design – simple yet refined, thoughtful and of a light manner – derived naturally through the process of attempting to maximise the potential of each material and its function. He excels in applying these ideas to projects of various scale, from furniture and lighting design to architecture and exhibition design.
His furniture and lighting have been exhibited internationally since 2001.
In 2011, Ashizawa was awarded a ‘Special Award’ by the Japan Institute of Design for his principal participation in the inception of Ishinomaki Laboratory – a DIY furniture workshop established in Ishinomaki city, Japan, after it was devastated by the tsunami triggered by the Great East Japan Earthquake.