Stretch Tatami is a project of decorative modular walls accomplished with the traditional Japanese tatami method.
In collaboration with Yokoyama Tatami.
The project combines the processing of an ancient artisan technique with a dynamic approach to the living space. Tatami is a mat panel, traditionally used as a floor in Japanese architecture. In the project it is proposed in an upright position, as a surface that covers the space, a sort of middle ground between a constructive element and some fabric that dresses the walls. This hybrid level is also the contact surface between the walls defining the living spaces and the people who inhabit them. Like a dress or skin, tatami adapts to the body that wears it.
Each panel is entirely made in Kyoto, Japan. After a careful selection, the reed fibers are dyed and woven in a horizontal loom. Afterwards, panels are packaged according to the design.
TTM03, with its warm blue color with green edges and brown shades, is the first of a limited series of four compositions. Thanks to the features of the thin reed fibres, the color of the surface is never a flat color, but the sum of infinite shades of a more or less dark blue.
The whole panel consists of 11 square and trapezoidal modules with dimensions ranging between 45 x 45 cm and 45 x 75 cm, with a thickness of 3 cm and an average weight of 750 g. The modules are designed to be assembled upright on a flat wall or on a corner wall.