three piece table

Color is anything but secondary in this bright, modular, tool-free furniture design. Nor is the selection of yellow, red and blue an afterthought – like the object itself, this color choice reflects a return to space-saving, fast-transport, easy-to-assemble basics.

primary colors table

Kayiwa has a knack for making the fewest moves possible to create something cool and contemporary (if a bit pricey, too). Not a hard act to follow for the DIY-inclined handyman, the construction process simply involves slotting together notched flats into a self-stabilizing, three-dimensional shape (or series of them if set end to end). The finishing touches would prove the tricky part.

simple modular table

The three basic birch plywood sheets are each thickly painted with one of the core essential colors, leaving a glossy reflective finish that starts to add complexity and visual dynamism via the semi-mirrored surfaces. As the pictures show, clear seats and white surroundings could really make the table pop in context. While the bold design might not suit every style or context, it is refreshingly subtractive and simple in a world that too often favors the additive and complex.

modular table front

“KAYIWA’s portfolio is diverse – ranging from furniture to housewares. With a witty yet elegant disregard for convention, the studio’s collectibles are exquisite sculptures in their own right. At the same time, KAYIWA is passionate about fusing art with design to create functional solutions for everyday needs. The resulting limited edition objets d’art are genuine collectors’ items, which continue to appreciate in value over time.”

modular table assembly

“For our most discerning clientele, KAYIWA offers customized service. All the existing works may be commissioned in a range of colors, sizes, material and finishes to create personalized, one-off pieces. Likewise, our atelier can also make a completely new creation made to the client’s exact specifications.”

“KAYIWA’s Finnish-Ugandan designer/artist borrows principles and aesthetic elements from the rich cultures and traditions of African and Nordic art, craft and design. His creations acquire a story and become a heritage to pass down to the next generation.”