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FUMIE SHIBATA

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Fumie Shibata graduated from Musashino Art Universirty and went on to work for manufacturers of electrical goods, including the Toshiba Design Centre in 1994. She is a professor at the same university. Fumie founded ‘Design Studio S’, a studio that focusses on industrial design and a broad spectrum of product design. Fumie is known and respected, for her design of electrical goods, health care products and capsule hotels. She draws on traditional Japanese design as an inspiration for many of her designs. She prioritises the environment when designing.  
 
 
 
She is author of the book 'Forms within Forms' and has received, among others, the iF Gold Award and the Design for Asia - Top, Culture and Gold Awards.
 
THE BONBORI LAMP
The Bonbori Lamp, designed by Fumie Shibata, was inspired by traditional Japanese lamps, found at shrines and temples. The traditional Bonbori lamps are used at rice festivals and have a deep cultural meaning. The modern version is manufactured from stainless steel and is ‘powered’ by an LED light. It emits a soft, warm glow, which shines through the laser cut perforations, at its centre. The wiring comes through the base and is unseen.
 
 
THE AWA COLLECTION - HIGH-QUALITY BLOWN GLASS LAMPS
This is a high quality glass lamp, inspired by ‘a ball of air wrapped in liquid”, hence the name Awa. The design aims to create a ball of glass, that looks like it has been inflated with air. The metal fitting appears to be a plug, stopping the air from escaping.
 
 
 
 
‘MC-681’ THERMOMETER
A thermometer designed from scratch, which puts the user at the centre of the design and functionality. Easy to use, hold and operate.
 
 
THE VERTEBRA03 CHAIR
The Vertebra03 is a deceptively simple design chair. Its ergonomic design, results in a comfortable and functional chair, suitable for a range of environments, from the office to home. The back of the seat, can be inclined from 0 to 25 degrees. In addition, the seat slides forward, giving more support and promoting a healthy and restful sitting posture.
 
 
 
FUMIE SHIBATA'S '9 H (NINE HOURS)' CAPSULE HOTEL IN KYOTO
Fumie designed the capsule as a cheap alternative, compared to a regular hotel room. The space is slightly larger than a single bed and offers an affordable taste of luxury, on a minimalist scale.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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