Inspired by cracked and weathered soil under extreme sun exposure, Drought by we+ is a chair born of aridity and time. Created from a mixture of wax and super-absorbent resin, its unique silhouette forms as the mixture dries. The wax prototype is then replaced with bronze through a lost wax casting process. Although the production process is controlled, the approach of entrusting impressions made by natural phenomenon is a new method that embraces the power of nature. Measuring 38.5 x 43.5 x 82.5 cm, this design is a limited edition of 3 + 1 AP.
Based in Tokyo, we+ is a contemporary design studio that gives form to new perspectives and values through unique production methods and means of expression, developed on the basis of extensive research and experimentation. Founded by Toshiya Hayashi and Hokuto Ando in 2013, the studio aims to create new intimate relationships between humans and their urban and natural environments through innovative design and emotive connectivity.
The studio leverages expertise drawn from day-to-day research and projects with various companies and organizations, ranging from installations to commissioned works, branding, product development, and graphic design, while showcasing independent works both in Japan and abroad. They have exhibited works at galleries including Gallery Tamura Joe in Tokyo, Galerie Philia in New York, and Spazio Rossana Orlandi in Milan. They have participated in international design events such as Milan Design Week, IDS Vancouver, Taiwan Design Expo, Shenzhen Creative Week, and Maison et Object in Paris.