Nomadic living with textile - Japanse inspiration
Part of the exhibition Living spaces is the Concept room by Studio Makking & Bey. The museum commissioned the design team to develop a vision of the interior of the future. In the TextielLab they produced objects inspired by flexible and nomadic living: VouwPlaats, VensterLicht and WarmteKleed.
Warmtekleed (heat tissues) is the social focal point of the room: in the centre is a wooden table where you can place a pan of hot food. While everybody sits around the table, protected by a blanket, the food can cook (principle of haybox cooking). On cold days a heating element covered with textiles can be added. The blanket was made on the computer controlled weaving machines in the TextielLab. The wooden carrycot / table and the heating element are handmade.
The Japanese kotatsu was inspiration for WarmteWeefsels. Most Japanese houses are not insulated as well as Western houses and they do not have central heating. Therefor they use a kotatsu, a relatively inexpensive way to stay warm in the winter. A kotatsu is a low, wooden table frame covered by a futon, or heavy blanket. Over the futon a table top sits. Underneath is a heat source, often built into the table itself.
The traditional heat source for a kotatsu is a pot with charcoals. Nowadays an electric heater often is attached under the table. Kotatsu are used almost exclusively in Japan, although similar devices are used elsewhere, such as a stoof in the Netherlands, a sandali in Tajikistan and Afghanistan and mesa camilla in Spain and Portugal.
Suzan Russeler en Jantiene van Elk