Phantom is a minimalist design created by Tokyo-based designer Jin Kuramoto. In French, the term ‘vide-poche’ is used for a small container – in one’s entry hall or bedside – a place to put keys and small change. What would be lightest way to provide this; to make small valuables lightly float in suspension before returning to one’s pocket the next day? Originally, the technique of heat pressing polyester mesh was used for producing oil filters of car engines. When the designers met the Japanese manufacture NBC Meshtech Inc. they used the same technology to supply the quality industry with a product for sifting wheat flour. Together with the manufacturer, he researched and developed a bowl that would use the least amount of material, yet be rigid enough to hold the weight. The result is a vide-poche, which appears almost non-material; like a phantom.
by Jin Kuramoto
Feb 10, 2016
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