Modular Bench by Shizuka Tatsuno



Young Japanese designer Shizuka Tatsuno has designed an upholstered bench that can be converted into a chaise longue or an armchair and side table.


Designed for single-occupant living, Modular Bench can be reconfigured by moving upholstered elements that slot into holes in the base.


Tatsuno exhibited the bench at 100% Design Tokyo in November.


Here's some text from the designer:


Shizuka Tatsuno is a product and furniture designer who moved to the UK in 2005 and graduated with the first class honor from the product and furniture course in Kingston University London in 2008. She exhibited in New Designers Exhibition, Tent London and 100% Design Tokyo Prototype in 2008 and is currently based in Tokyo.


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Modular Bench is a modular seating unit for a live-alone. The bench can be changed to an arm chair with a small table, and a couch by sticking the arms and back in different holes and transforming the cushion.






  • archad

    very smart. needs more modules

  • Matt

    The Japanese bring so much to the world of design, while at the same time doing so little.

  • Eduardo Baroni

    Very cool design.

  • zuy

    simple, essential, it’s design… GO ON !!!
    As archad Says:needs more modules

  • bob

    Cool concept, but the prototype look like a ikea product …

  • Roman Bianco

    Hey Shizuka!
    This is great! You are doing lovely! I saw your bench published in Designboom as well! Go on, keep it up!

  • Less Please.

    I see a whole line coming soon. Very versatile even in possible parts and shapes. Will be watching.

  • Kim

    I designed something which looks almost exactly like this in 2004/5 for my final yr project at uni. However, I did the surface in Corian and added a surface texture which was done by CNC. My project was developed to be used as public seating where the people who use it will interact with the furniture’s surface, and components and hopefully each other too. Again, I also did a back rest but also included mini tables, magazine rack and coat stand which slotted into the holes.
    Maybe I’ll put some pics of the prototype on my forthcoming website!