Torafu Architects

Torafu Architects

Every once in a while an object comes along that seems enchanted—enchanted as in, made with magic. Airvase by emerging Tokyo-based designers Koichi Suzuno and Shinya Kamuro of Torafu Architects is just such an object. Diaphanous, amorphous, shape-shifting and barely there, these vessels seem to consist of only color and air. Actually, however, they are constructed from brilliantly duotone cut paper that extrudes upward from a flat disc to embrace nothingness (or perhaps a flower, a handful of pencils?) in its mesh belly like a modestly scaled piece of 3D Op Art.
Should they choose to do so, users may easily change its shape—from bowl to vase, short to tall, fat to wasp-waisted—by tugging, torquing and pressing it. The thin, lightweight paper actually gains tension and strength when sculpted this way and depending on the angle at which they are viewed, the colors on each side of the paper either generate a vivid ombré or just a reversal of color that resembles a magician’s sleight of hand.
 
 

Air Vase

Yellow & Blue

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Air Vase

Black & White

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Air Vase

Black & Black

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Air Vase

Pink & Beige

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Air Vase

White & White

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Air Vase

Silver & Gold

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Air Vase

Red & White

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