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[ material sample ]  W270 x D90 x H15

wood

plastic

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Replacement of material value  -

Plastic that typical symbol of mass-production has values that it can be copied easily and homogenous. In spite of this, wood has been used for furniture and craft works for long time can be defined as a material that has unique property due to the natural pattern and texture.

 

In this project, I suggest the new way of thinking of product design through the replacement of the both value that I mentioned and developed them as one material. 

 

In the production process of plastic products, 95% use the mold during molding. I used wooden mold to copy wood texture indeed of using usual mold. Broiling resin to a surface of wood that was singed. It is possible to copy the singed grain because of that it create patterned ashes on the surface due to different amount of moisture in each grain. Grains that include high amount of moisture remained as its own pattern.

Using this process, a plastic changed its own figure as homogenous into a plastic that has characteristic.

 

It is easy to singe the same surface of wood and copy it to plastic. it means that we are able to mass-produce the grains.

This is “Copying wood”. The values of material that both plastic and wood have at first have replaced. Typical mass-production material “Plastic" that has no characteristic has characteristic through this process and one and only unique material “Wood” became the material that can be copied.

 

The two materials changed into completely different material due to the replacement process that I used. I believed that this idea brings new perspective to our life.

大量生産において最も典型的な存在であるプラスチックは、生み出される製品が「均質」であり「複製」できることが価値と言えます。一方で古くから家具作りや工芸に使われる木は、自然界で生み出される独自の木目や表情といった唯一無二の「個性」にしばしば価値を見い出します。

このプロジェクトでは、両者の素材が認識・期待されてきた「価値」そのものを取り替え、一つの素材へと昇華することで、新しいプロダクトのあり方をプロセスを含めて提案しています。

プラスチック製品の生産過程において、95パーセントは成形時に金型が使用されます。これを木製の型で代用する事でプラスチックに木目の表情を与えました。

木型をバーナーで炙り木の表面を焦がし、そこに成形前のプラスチックを流し込むという過程で行われます。木目に沿って含水量が異なるために、焼けて灰となった部分のみがプラスチックの硬化と同時に転写される仕組みです。

この段階で均質であったはずの「個性」が生まれます。木は再び炙って表面を焦がすことで繰り返し同じ木目をプラスチックに転写でき、木目の量産が可能になります。これは、木の「複製」”を意味しています。

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