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[READ] Telling the Story of Japanese Forests Through Design

Inspiration meets interpretation.

Designer hiroyuki morita  of Japan created the “Embodiment of Fractal” as a tangible exploration of the natural world, inviting the viewer to experience the visual and tactile experience of the fractal growth of a Japanese forest.  Though forests make up 66% percent of Japanese territory, the country is known for its misuse of natural materials – particularly woods.


The piece, which is based on the growth fractal or broken conifers, it is meant to serve as a template for the use of these recovered, small-diameter woods. Materials were chosen according to the restrictions put in placed by the forestry commission and adaptable pieces can be configured as shelves or tables.