Copy project

Constricted void in collaboration with Kueng Caputo for Bespoke edition, Vase, Japan

These hand-blown glass vases were part of the project ‘COPIES’ in collaboration with Swiss artist-duo Kueng Caputo. A series of objects was alternately created by TERUHIRO YANAGIHARA and Kueng Caputo, one inspired by the other. A process that resembles ‘Renga,’a poetry form popular in ancient Japan, a sort of continuing poetic dialogue between a group of poets where every stave is contributed by a different person. CONSTRICTED VOID that concludes this ‘inspiration-chain’ even having emerged from its preceding counterparts appears unquestionably as an original piece of work. The liquid glass was blown directly into a frame of aluminium bars which were then removed after hardening.

Photographer: Takumi Ota, Rie Nitta


Copy project

1915 in collaboration with Kueng Caputo, Low table and shelf, Japan / Switzerland

This set of two stackable low tables was created for the exhibition ‘complementary colours-missing link of design’ held at Milan Design Week 2009. The thin steel bars that support the structure appear to be placed randomly but are positioned in a specific way to keep the table balanced and stable; two diametrical bars are always orientated at an angle of 90 degrees to each other and thus compensate the forces in the structure. This principle is reflected in the applied colour scheme in which the bars facing each other are painted in complementary colours. Corresponding to the forces in the structure, these colours neutralize themselves by turning to grey when mixed together, leaving the white boards hovering in space. 1915 is made of welded steel with a glossy paint finish.

In collaboration with KUENG CAPUTO