Aratani Fay

Detroit has been experiencing a design renaissance in recent years. The city that gave us General Motors and the Motown sound is now home to a rapidly growing design population, including the collaborative design studio Aratani Fay.

Formed by designer/makers Ayako Aratani and Evan Fay, the studio is known for its experimentation with expressive and irregular forms and materials.

Fibonacci Stone_Aratani Fay_05Aratani was born and raised in Japan while Fay is from Michigan. Two of their designs that have captured attention at recent design festivals include Aratani’s Click Clock series of wall clocks and Fay’s sculptural Lawless Chair.

The Click Clock wall clocks are crafted from porcelain. While their faces don’t have any digits, soft folds in the pastel-hued porcelain give a subtle hint of the time.

Fibonacci Stone_Aratani Fay_010Aratani, who holds a bachelor of engineering in product design and a master of fine arts in 3D design, has explained that her intention for the design was to “dissolve time-related worries by offering some room in time with this soft form and color.”

Fay’s Lawless Chair features a dark blue seat of intertwined foam ribbons, which are supported by an angular black metal frame. He describes the chair’s design as “a celebration of irregularity within a system, pursuing a more artful form that responds to the chaotic landscape within our structured society.”

Fibonacci Stone_Aratani Fay_07Another example of Aratani Fay’s experimental designs is the Button Up chair, which Arantani describes as “a big lovable monster in the room that can protect you from the outside busy world”. The chair’s outer shell is made of one thick piece of felt that unbuttons to reveal a soft, textural seat.

Fibonacci Stone_Aratani Fay_02We look forward to seeing what this experimental duo comes up with next. With Arantani Fay, it’s best to expect the unexpected.

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