Czech industrial design student Anna Štěpánková has created Tamashii, a dining chair inspired by a Japanese veneer technique called Bunaco.
My goal was to discover all possibilities this technique offers and apply gained knowledge in an innovative way. In my work, I put an emphasis on a handmade experimenting with a wooden material. My aim was to design a chair which would be connecting use of a traditional technique in a modern design and I wished to point out a sense of this combination.
The Tamashii chair, besides other things, is a part of a concept – Buy a chair, get a tree – which is my manifestation of responsibility towards environment and a life cycle of the product.
My intention was to give own story and energy to this piece of furniture, which I believe is highly important for a product to have. In my opinion, this gives an attractiveness to a product and may have a strong effect on a customer.
Photos © Vendula Knopová