Updated: Feb 16, 2018
For as long as I can remember, I’ve been in awe of the tremendous beauty that nature holds. I was fourteen when I first started travelling with my father, a stone block trader at the time, to quarries and rock formations outside the city. It was on these little excursions that I fell in love with nature. As I would sit and wait for my father, I would gaze into the distance at the landscape, taking it all in – the woods, the birds, and contrastingly, the wide expanse of stone. The quarries were swarming with masons and craftsmen, toiling away in the sun, and there was an undeniable buzz in the air: of raw energy, and of endless possibilities.
These early experiences have defined the course of my professional work and reflect strongly in my design inspirations, which are overwhelmingly natural-esque. The Rokakku, for example, is a celebration of one of the most recognizable natural forms: the beehive hexagon.
The surface is part of the Ishi Kiri Collection, which is based on the traditional paper folding art of Origami. It reinterprets hexagonal forms characteristic to beehives: individual constituent hexagons are designed in varied permutations. Some protrude outwards or cave inwards in different directions, while others feature markedly prominent edges, creating a dynamic three-dimensional surface.
The Rokakku is available in three colour options – Crema Limestone, Pristine White Marble, and Graphite Grey Granite – in modular panels measuring 24” X 48”.
The Rokakku pattern is customizable and has been used to create a special order two-storey-tall installation in a private residence. Amongst the many permutations, the hexagons here also unite to form central floral elements.