ANATMAN, 2014 / Japa series

Storage furniture
Beech wood, enameled steel
H : 180 X 30 X 58 cm

« Anatman » refers to the principle of interdependence or to the fact that all things in our world interact and depend on others to exist. In the same way as these wooden links, our actions produce consequences on elements that we do not see directly. This storage unit is made up of independent wooden elements that can move from one side to the other. Its use consists in inserting an object in one of its sides, or configuring the piece as desired. Any action taken on one side will have a consequence on the opposite one, so  that we can, by placing a book horizontally, create a shelf on the opposite side, or make the vase that stood there fall.

This furniture series has been designed in such a way that the use illustrates a truth. Repeated daily, it invites us to reflect on the meaning it conveys. Japa is a hindu technique based on the mechanical repetition of a divine name or a mantra so as to enter into meditation. Japa can be done aloud, in a low voice, silently mouthing the words or mentally. Specialists consider purely mental japa to be the most effective. If we can concentrate all our attention and imagine the ideal to which the repeated element corresponds, then we can find some answers to the questions we are asking ourselves. To put away a book, to adjust the lighting in a room or to sit down on a chair are examples of uses that we repeat and which could serve as a starting point for reflection.