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Japanese designer Kodai Iwamoto has incorporated hegi, a traditional technique for making roof shingles and the walls of religious shrines, in the manufacture of his furniture line called Pari Pari, so named after an onomatopoeic Japanese word that describes the sound of breaking glass or ice.

In its traditional form, hegi involves cutting logs into smaller planks of wood with a machete instead of a machine. The use of this manual technique prevents the wood from the bending and warping which is often a side effect of machine tools. The wood is then converted into thin sheets that retain the uneven feel of its surface. For this collection, Iwamoto glued and laminated thin sheets of coloured wood together in layers similar to plywood. The surface layers were then peeled off before the glue hardened, creating a random pattern that resembles the bark of a tree. 

Kodai Iwamoto


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