shigeki yamamoto reuses past work in the “PLAY-soul” wooden series.

‘Play-Anima’ series by Shigeki Yamamoto

Based in Berlin designer Shigeki Yamamoto launches the series of decorative objects “PLAY Anima” during Dutch Design Week 2022. On display at Piet Hein Eek, his latest creations refer to childhood memories, but this time Yamamoto has used leftover pieces from his previous projects of furniture. Each piece has been custom made and carries the spirit and memory of his oldest work. In addition, the objects pay homage to the techniques of the Buddha artisans with hand carved surfaces, which create a more lively look and provide a closer working experience with the materials: wood and linseed oil paint.


the PLAY ANIMA 2022 coated with red linseed paint, dimensions: 21x21x21 cm (8.3 × 8.3 × 8.3 inches)

all images courtesy of Shigeki Yamamoto

REMEMBERING past memories and giving new life to used parts

To emphasize a natural approach, Shigeki Yamamoto (other here) chose to coat the hand-carved wooden pieces with linseed oil paint, which is made up of all natural ingredients. By doing so, the decorative objects appear shiny and vibrant, allowing them to bring their new environment to life. In addition, PLAY Anima is reminiscent of Yamamoto’s previous works and expresses the carefree creativity of his childhood.

His goal is to evoke good memories and imagination in other people through his projects, as he believes that some of the energy of an artist is also present in their work. Furthermore, he believes that any physical object eventually loses its material value and grows in emotional attachment. ‘THey act as a vault full of memories and emotions, connecting us to important episodes in our life that other people cannot directly experience, ‘ Notes by Yamamoto.

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one piece of blue animation (35x16x21cm, 13.8 × 6.3 × 8.36in)

spiritual energy within each object

As is believed in Japan, the artisans who create Buddha statues transfer some of their energy to the statue as they sculpt it. Although Yamamoto’s Anima PLAY series are not religious objects, he believes his work is not just physical and each piece carries part of the spirit of his previous works. The PLAY Anima project focuses on used objects that have been abandoned or are no longer able to fulfill their original purposes, so out of respect for their history, the designer has given them a new meaning and new homes. For example, one of the high-end decorative pieces became a vase that Yamamoto believes will be a container for new memories and emotions.

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yellow (30x30x30cm, 11.8 × 11.8 × 11.8in)

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green (40x15x25cm, 15.7 × 5.9 × 9.8in)

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black (30x11x25cm, 11.8 × 4.3 × 9.8 inch)

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gold (6x30x44cm, 2.4 × 11.8 × 17.3in)

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a vase frame made of oak and beech wood and coated with red linseed oil paint (64x30x60 cm, 25.2,11.8,23.6 inch)

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project information:

first name: PLAY Soul
designer: Shigeki Yamamoto

designboom has received this project from our DIY consignments feature, in which we welcome our readers to submit their work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.

edited by: zaha mango | designboom

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