I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Marigold this past week at Domaine de Boisbuchet in France, while he was teaching a workshop there. I was very inspired by this piece, Dodai, that he showed during a presentation of his work. For this project, he worked with Japan Creative - It was shown at the Milan Salone di Mobili 2012.
His description of the work:
"They were realised by the respected Japanese furniture company Hinoki Kogei following visits to their factory in Japan.
The benches are created from a log split into two pieces. On top of this is mounted a covering created from woven grass (igusa) and hiba rods. This can be rolled back so as to use the interior space for strorage. It is held in place with colored bungees stretched over dark hardwood turned knobs. The wood used is 'hiba' a type of Japanese Cypress. Both the igusa and hiba have fantastic natural odors.
'Dodai' means 'base' in Japanese and the benches loosely reference architectural beams laid on the foundations of houses."
I think they are beautiful.