Catch-bowl Shelf by Torafu Architects

Catchbowl Shelf 1

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Catchbowl Shelf 1

Catch-bowl is a unique combination of storage shelf and bowl designed especially for use in the corners. It was designed by Japanese firm Torafu Architects. In designer’s words, “We proposed a shelf, focusing on corners, which inevitably exist in every room. When a hemisphere is divided into a quarter and three quarters, the quarter snugly fits into a concave corner and the three quarters onto a convex corner.

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Based on this idea, we created a joyful and lightsome shelf that allows the user to adjust its height and also use it as a bowl to enjoy putting things in it just like playing a ball toss game in an athletics festival.

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On the lid and at the bottom of the bowl, the radial patterns made by the alternately inverted wood grain of the shiny sycamore sliced veneer seem like twinkling stars.

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By splitting into two parts, this bowl catches edges and catches things to become little shelves in the corners of a familiar room. When one part catches its counterpart, they become one whole bowl again.”

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Photography: Kenpo, Courtesy: Torafu Architects

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