Tile Sashi is a bathroom prototype created by designers Rui Pereira and Ryosuke Fukusada. According to sources such as Design Boom and MoCo Loco, the set was exhibited at this year’s Milan Design Week in collaboration with the COTTO tile company.
According to Fukusada, the set (the name taken from the Japanese word for “slice”) experiments with using contemporary tile to warp the boundaries of natural, raw and industrial materials.
“Nowadays (it) is virtually possible to simulate the appearance and texture of any material in ceramic. Like COTTO’s Marmo granito tile, which gives you the feeling of a natural stone. Tile Sashi (slice in Japanese) is a collection of bathroom furniture inspired by the act of slicing a raw material in order to build something new.
By slicing the tiles in thin strips we are able to give a three-dimensional configuration to a flat material, making it become part of the surface of the furniture and, in this way, mimetizing it with the bathroom architecture. In order to give a softer appeal to the tiles, pastel colour is used in the junctions and other natural materials such as red clay and cork are mixed.”
Fukusada has his own design studio in Kyoto, Japan, following a background in consumer electronics and product design. He’s worked with Patricia Urquiola previously.
Pereira is a Portuguese industrial designer who works in Copenhagen, Denmark. He states in his biography that his role as a designer is to educate people’s tastes and to raise their collective environmental awareness.
Above images: Tile Sashi bathroom prototype by Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira. Photographs by Alfredo Dante Vallesi.
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