Totoro Collection

Object 2014 | ongoing

Inspired by the natural beauty of wood and the forest spirits in Hayao Miyazaki’s animated film My Neighbor Totoro, the Totoro collection transforms salvaged logs into multi-functional sculptural objects. These whimsical forms can be used in a variety of ways: as stools, low tables or sculptures, and are made using a 5-axis computer-numerically-controlled robot arm refurbished from the auto industry. Although the Totoros are made with a highly precise digital tool, they crack naturally as inner moisture is exposed during fabrication, demonstrating the tension between a designed object and a natural material with a life of its own. As designers, we cannot fully control the final outcome. The Totoro continues to change. It’s alive.

[Collaboration with Sasha Ritter]