Using pieces of household sponge with a high absorption rate to mimic bread, Ohata constructed stools with long legs and large seat platforms before dunking them in vats of bright yellow PVC plastic.
The sponge is left to absorb the liquid and then lifted out and propped up to dry. The elongated limbs of the stools sag and contort under the weight of the saturated material as it sets.
"It all shapes naturally – by its weight. It's very strong," Ohata explains. "If I use harder sponge it stands by itself and I can control the shape even more."
Wooden rods are used to support the stools in an upright position during the hour-long drying process, causing minimal interference with the natural shape produced by gravity.
The spindly sponge legs compress under the weight of the liquid plastic during the process to create wobbly outlines that vary from piece to piece, but once dried the structures are completely rigid.
The square seats that droop at the corners are reminiscent of melting cheese slices. Drips from the edge of the seat add to the molten appearance.
Designer: Satsuki Ohata, Tokyo, Japan
Technical info: PVC
Picture credits: Satsuki Ohata