Cuma and Cross by Takehiro Ando
Tokyo Design Week: Takehiro Ando’s installations at 100% Design Tokyo consisted of interlocking felt components.
Felt Unit (CUMA, CROSS) is the design concept of Takehiro Ando in collaboration with felt manufacturer Aviland. It is the result of Ando’s desire to work with a soft and warm natural material (wool) to create a design (shape) that could be produced without the use of adhesives or stitching. The felt for this project has been custom designed using a woven pattern of wool fibers that are pre-died in order to create a rich color and texture and woven repeatedly in order to provide the desired thickness, density and rigidity to support its use in many different applications. The resulting shapes, CUMA/CROSS are two shapes that can be easily connected using an unlimited number of parts to create the desired product. Each piece can be connected up/down/right/left to create an infinite number of patterns. CUMA/CROSS products/installations can be used in interior design, as fashion accessories and for illumination applications. The usages are limited only by your imagination.
The felt pieces are available in two shapes, Cuma (shown above), and Cross (shown below).
CUMA was designed to create a shape that could be used when inter-laced to provide a dense/thick tapestry to be used in many applications. The CUMA shape with its round curves gives a soft appearance and its curves allow for very small gaps when connected. The resulting shape, CUMA (Japanese for bear) looks like a bear head (face and ears), with cut outs in order for the pieces to be linked together. This unintended result creates a silhouette that is cute when used individually but when the pieces are linked together the design is strikingly modern. The sound absorption and thermal retention properties of the felt and this shape make it great for varied usages such as: table coverings, wall hangings, cushion covers and as fashion accessories.
CROSS was designed to create an open/ airy design that is simple and striking on its own and when utilized in large numbers has a permeability and openness that makes it ideal for not only flat installations but for 3 dimensional as well. When connected , CROSS becomes a woven net that is perfect for applications where natural or man-made illumination are used. (wall hangings/ separators/ light shades, etc). CROSS’ simple design is also perfect in accessory applications (necklaces, hand bag decorations, belts).