Shuhei Hasado; Revere of Tactile Senses

“Ubiquitous materials from long long time…are so far removed from the lives of people in modern urban cities. To improve the quality of our lives we need to return to at least some of our origins.”

Shuhei Hasado is a Japanese plaster crafts man. Born in 1962 his passion for commercial construction grew from his late teens. Where he worked as an architect using “modern materials.” It wasn’t until his mid thirty’s he left the modern construction world and entered the contemporary construction world. Working with only natural clay and “nature as his inspiration” he crafted works by hand using traditional methods of early construction. To ensure his works were both economic and efficient. Hasado’s designs display uniqueness as each design he creates is by hand. Each design inconspicuously changes depending on the natural elements he sources and where they are sourced.

(Geta, H. 2015)
(Geta, H. 2015)
(Geta, H. 2015)

Hasado’s passion for tactile senses translates into his iteration of the ‘Getta’. The ‘Getta’ is a Japanese sandal worn barefoot. Shuhei Hasado re-designed the sandal to have a textured platform on which you stand. Variations of the sandal incorporate an array of different natural materials. The design of the re-appropriated ‘Getta’ “causes one to use the sensory nerves on the bottom of their feet.” Connecting with the primitive culture in man and traditional Japanese culture. The sensory experience though “designing with nature” preserves the value of natural materials.

(‘The Touch of Breeze’, Chang, Y. 2014)
(‘The Touch of Breeze’, Chang, Y. 2014)

With the modern material world evolving before us it’s hard for natural materials to compete. ‘The Touch of Breeze’ designed by Yen Chen Chang stimulates lying on grass outdoors. Through the clever use of sensors in the textured mat that directly controls a fan. “The harder you stroke on the grassy surface the stronger wind the fan generates.”  The texture and colour of the mat is created though manufactured threads and synthetic dyes to create the appearance of soft lush grass. Which only affords you to what to touch it and feel the softness. “The project aims to capture the sensations, and re-present them in a interactive way.” At the same time it reveals how disconnected we are with our natural world though the parody of the design.

The “analogy between human capacities and material tendencies.” Challenges the norms associated with the development of new materials. With technology enabling the generation of more advanced properties in materials. “Sustainable urbanism” is being conflicted. The world embraces new materials so easily and the process of regeneration of new materials starts as soon as a new material is developed. Our senses have been jeopardized by the rapid development.

We are always looking for the next best thing. The idea of sense ware is defined as the “matter that stirs the human creative instinct and awakens the desire to make things” this sense is profound in all humans though fidgeting we fall into a state of mindlessness trying to find the ultimate ideal material.

(Chanh, N. 2014)
(Chanh, N. 2014)

Nguyen La Chanh has designed a bath mat that serves to please the urban world. Chanh designed a bath mat that it 100% sustainable. “The mat includes ball moss, island moss and forest moss” which are embedded into a plasazote foam mat. The mat creates serenity in any bathroom. Providing a little ecosystem that thrives on the humidity produced in the bathroom. Even more convincingly the bath matt has antiseptic properties and has the capabilities to kill living bacteria. In comparison to the classic bath matt, which can harbor bacteria. The manufacturing of the bath mat is both ecological and sustainable through the materials and manufacturing process.

“If we can manage to be re-surprised by the fact that there appear from day to day genuinely new things.” We will be more aware of preserving the products, environments and communications that exist today. Shuhei Hasado’s re-design of the ‘Getta’ revealed the stark contrast of modern concrete jungle and the primitive natural world. Many designers have explored this sense of tactility and tried to challenge the nature in which there designs are received, attempting to reveal to us our previous interaction.

“There is what there is. Each day, there they are, this and that, just as they were the day before, and just as they shall be tomorrow”