Ken Tomita wanted to create an affordable piece of quality furniture that didn’t skimp on design. From this idea, the Chaboo was born. The name originates from the Japanese word “chabudai,” which means “low table.” Ken changed the spelling to reflect his use of bamboo materials, and also allow the user to define its purpose: Is it a table or is it a bench? An original Chaboo in light or dark wood goes for $250, but in less than a week you’ll be treated to a bevy of artist interpretations. Over 50 designers were invited to customize a Chaboo with their signature styles. The artists worked with watercolors, acrylics, oils, inks, silkscreen, vinyl, metal, wood, felt, laser, glass, concrete and even recycled skateboards. There will be an opening reception for Project Chaboo on March 4th from 6-10 p.m. at galleryHOMELAND in Portland and will be on display through March 7th. Shown here is a Chaboo by adorable husband/wife art team APAK.