Wood Seating

Chairs by Ido Yoshimoto, in Ramen ShopOakland, CA

Chairs by Ido Yoshimoto seen at Ramen Shop, Oakland - Wood Seating
Chairs by Ido Yoshimoto seen at Ramen Shop, Oakland - Wood SeatingChairs by Ido Yoshimoto seen at Ramen Shop, Oakland - Wood Seating
The ramen shop needed more space for offices, noodle production and prep, storage, and another bar. The spatial strategy embraces the compression of space and square footage of the functional requirements. The idea was to carve the interior out of the new space, part abandoned mine, excavating the improvised sculptural elements left behind in the invented subterranean studio of ramen shop patron saint JB Blunk. Wood detailing conceived and executed by Ido Yoshimoto.
Interior Design By Wylie Price

Meet the Creator

"Ido Yoshimoto was born and raised in Inverness, CA, and has worked as an artist and arborist for the past fifteen years. He revels in forms and objects from the natural world.

The forest is where Yoshimoto gleans inspiration and sources materials. He salvages wood and bone — materials that have been made unique with time. The story of each raw material is significant to Yoshimoto as he uses the natural phenomena of rot, rust, weathering and growth as starting points for his work.

Yoshimoto spent time in sculptor J.B. Blunk’s workshop as a child and was deeply influenced by Blunk’s use of wood and tools. The way in which Blunk would finish his sculptures with a chainsaw to create a rough and fluid texture has influenced Yoshimoto’s approach to ‘painting’ with indigo dye and slabs of wood. Furthermore, Blunk’s hand-built home, which bridges the realms of conceptualism, craft and installation art, encouraged Yoshimoto to see artistic potential in his surrounding environments."

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