an oasis of calmness for rejuvenation and relaxation
Before the COVID-19 pandemic, our homes used to be sanctuaries from the outside world. These sacred spaces served as refuges from the stress of public life. Sadly, this is no longer the case.
Our homes have been forced to adapt to our rigorous lifestyles.
Work is no longer confined to the office and intrudes into our private lives.
In response to this phenomenon, I created 生 (nama), an oasis of calmness dedicated to comfort and vulnerability. In contrast to the high-intensity energy of our work-from-home offices, nama creates spaces for rejuvenation and relaxation. The goal is to help people feel grounded while breathing new life into the therapeutic spirit of their homes
Since the beginning of time, humans have been connected to the ground. As toddlers, our first interactions with the world start from the ground. While western society has lost touch with this primal instinct, it remains deeply ingrained in each and every one of us.
We can try to suppress our connections to the Earth but the fundamental instinct to connect to the Earth lives at the core of our souls.
Connection to the ground also has tangible health benefits.
Studies have shown that sitting on the floor improves flexibility, mobility, and natural stability. People who sit on the ground live longer, healthier lives.
Rice straw, the main material used to make tatami, induces calmness through
its natural properties. It has a distinct aroma that produces a relaxing effect.
In addition, rice straw has extraordinary insulative abilities, keeping spaces
cool during the summer and warm during winter.