Designer Peter Marigold has created the Dodai benches, made from Igusa (a type of woven grass) and Hiba (wood from a Japanese cypress).

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Description from Peter Marigold

These benches were created for the exhibition Simple Vision coordinated by Japan Creative. They were realised by the respected Japanese furniture company Hinoki Kogei following visits to their factory in Japan.

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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 wooden rods. This can be rolled back so as to use the interior space for storage. It is held in place with coloured 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 odours.

‘Dodai’ means ‘base’ in Japanese and the benches loosely reference architectural beams laid on the foundations of houses.

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Designer: Peter Marigold

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