Swarm is a series featuring a chair and vases with surfaces composed of aggregates of the same material. Their organic form is generated by many short steel wires being absorbed into the structure by magnetic force.
The steel wires have a diameter of 1.2 mm and a length of 15 mm. The orientation, density and overlapping of the steel wires are controlled by magnetic force and interact with each other. Also, since there is no single pattern, a unique and complex shape is created.
Rather than simply designing shapes, we are utilizing magnetic force to design a process that creates shapes.
we+ is a contemporary design studio established in 2013 by Toshiya Hayashi and Hokuto Ando based in Tokyo. Toshiya graduated from Hitotsubashi University in Tokyo and Hokuto graduated from Central Saint Martins in London. They develop their experimental approach to products, installations and graphics, by combining unconventional materials and technology to shift perspectives. Their works are represented by Gallery S. Bensimon in Paris and Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan. They also have been commissioned by a variety of partners including SONY, Marimekko, Issey Miyake and Mori Art Museum.
Photography by Masayuki Hayashi
Artists HOKUTO ANDO & TOSHIYA HAYASHI / we+
# Chair: H75 L63 W60 SH38.5 [cm] Steel, Steel wire, Magnet
# Vase: H30 L12 W12 / H15 L2.5 W15 / H8 L8 W8 / H21 L2 W2 [cm] Steel, Steel wire, Magnet