Ergonomic seating crafted from discarded Japanese tiles

Tsuyoshi Hayashi
© Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Each year in Japan, around 65,000 fired kawara ceramic tiles are damaged during production and end up in landfills -- an estimated five percent of the country's total output. Aiming to transform these wasted tiles into something functional and touched with a subtle Japanese sensibility, Eindhoven-based designer Tsuyoshi Hayashi takes these broken materials, creating elegant seating with them.

© Tsuyoshi Hayashi
© Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Hayashi's tile stools are influenced by traditional Japanese design and use no glue nor fasteners, and can be either placed individually or arranged in multiples to form a long bench. Many of the tiles are junked samples, providing him an ample supply for his pieces, says Hayashi:

Smoked roof tiles gives an aging texture to the surface, and colours are created continuously by glazing companies as waste material after they showed them to the clients.

© Tsuyoshi Hayashi
© Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Prior to assembly, the damaged parts of the tiles are cut off. The original shape of the tiles serves to give excellent posture, Hayashi tells Dezeen, and are stronger and relatively more suited to the task than European tiles:

The smooth curved shape [of the tiles] invites people to sit and it keeps one's posture straight ergonomically. [..]

Japanese roof tiles are fired in more than 1200 degrees [Celsius], which makes them harder than the ones in Europe, which are mostly fired at around 800 degrees. A single chair can support a person weighing up to 120 kilograms.

© Tsuyoshi Hayashi

Hayashi's aim is to work with factories directly to divert re-usable materials that are usually wasted, connecting new ideas to locally available materials. From what we've seen, the results are promising. More over at Dezeen and Tsuyoshi Hayashi.

Tags: Furniture | Japan | Recycled Building Materials