At first sight, they can remember the wooden boxes for the fruit and vegetables you see at the market, and, in fact, a connection there is. But don’t be fooled, in truth, the system of the box “Tsumi Kibako”, is a refined design project consisting of units in wood flexible that they lend themselves to many uses. Wooden boxes, three-dimensional, available in size large, medium, or small. Perfect to create a shelving system adaptable to the needs, and the creativity, who doesn’t love furniture “fixed”. Easily removable, the box can be applied in different ways: as a shelf, container, or small item of furniture (a coffee table or bedside table).
Also can be arranged as single furniture, or, by means of hooks inserted in the structure, to be transformed into a compact shape, such as a library or a shelving. Available in five colors: brown, avocado green, sky blue, orange and pink, they don’t have limits in the size of the structure, if not the space of the room that houses it.
The japanese expression, “tsumi kibako”, as it translates in Italian, “wooden box stackable” and in fact, the project was initially designed as a layout of the library of the city of Miyakonojo in 2018 that would include a shopping centre, hence the inspiration of the containers that form the system box. However, the 2018, has proved to be a year, very lucky-because while the system is “Tsumi Kibako” won the Good Design Award, the library had a million visitors in less than a year, becoming an iconic venue for the japanese.
The containers or wooden boxes are made with essence local, the camphor tree which grows in the Kyushu district, where they are assembled the “tsumi kibako” designed by Aida Atelier, Tokyo, an architectural studio founded in 2009 by Tomoro Aida. The studio is specialized in architecture, interior design and product design, and from 2018 onwards, he collaborated with Italy and Turkey.
Tomoro Aida is the architect at the head of the studio: born and raised in Tokyo, she studied at the Institute of Technology and then moved to the United States, where he graduated from Pratt Institute in 2001 and the Harvard university in 2003. He worked for the Studio Libeskind, LLC, New York, and, later, returned to his country where he founded the Aida Atelier.
Ilgin Ezgi Tunc is instead the architect partners. Born in Istanbul, graduated from the University Politecnico di Milano in 2014. Moved to Japan and worked for Sou Fujimoto Architects in 2015-2017. Later became part of Aida Atelier and involved in various projects, mainly in Europe and Asia.