Poetry and function when OFFECCT and Teruhiro Yanagihara combine
their design forces
OFFECCT is continually on the lookout for new design talents in addition to the more well-established ones: creative individuals who can work with OFFECCT’s own design team to develop the company’s collection into one of the most exciting in the world. Back in 2005 OFFECCT had already noticed the young Japanese designer Teruhiro Yanagihara. Now we can finally see the result in the sofa Grow.
The development of Yanagihara’s Grow has been a long journey. Both the designer and OFFECCT have striven for perfection of quality and design while also incorporating optimal environmental elements. That sort of approach takes time. The result is a modern, modular sofa with an international look. It is austere
but still soft, and despite its size and weight it appears almost to hover above the floor.
“Contrasts are exciting,” Yanagihara explains. “I wanted to create the feeling of a sofa that looks firm but is soft to sit on. It has a generous depth and the two back cushions create an inviting impression.”
Grow is minimalist but also filled with possibilities. In that respect it resembles its creator, whose design style is always understated and poetic. He has designed products for clients like Muki and has also created interiors—including for hair and beauty salons—that have also been given his typical understated style. Architecture is also high on his list of achievements.
The modular sofa Grow is available in two models, both of which feature an ingenious and attractive builtin table in the armrest. As well as providing a useful place to put a tray, the armrest as a whole naturally creates a separate zone and some seclusion for people who want to be private in a foyer or waiting room.
The corner module with a divan section is well suited to a home environment or more intimate public setting.
Teruhiro Yanagihara was born in 1976 and comes from Kagawa, an island off Osaka. He trained at the university in Osaka, and has had his own design studio in that city since 2002. He has exhibited in Sweden twice before—in the Greenhouse section of the 2005 Stockholm Furniture Fair and in the Tokyo Style in Stockholm exhibition in 2004. Scandinavian designers who have inspired him include Claesson Koivisto Rune and Alvar Aalto.
“There’s an affinity between Swedish and Japanese design and between me and OFFECCT,” he says. “It’s fantastic to be able to work with OFFECCT and be part of an international design company. Grow fits into OFFECCT’s collection well thanks to its simplicity and function.”