Based in Japan, Leif.designpark is a collective of three designers, Takashi Ueno and Mamoru Naito and Keizaburo Honda, whose work is both modern and deeply traditional. Their new Tone series of chairs and tables uses the natural "tones" of different woods to hark back to parquetry...
Using unstained wood, Leif.designpark describes the revealing of these tones in the following way:
"The unstained natural colors of wood must result from absorbing the numerous nutrients within the soil. The diversity is amazing. Tone is an attempt at producing furniture using effectively materials and skills established in the Japanese culture."
While the "green" furniture movement in the US has been diligently looking for more and more ways to use unfinished wood, we thought this was a great addition to the mix. www.leif-designpark.com (via Dwell)