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Wajima Collection ­ 2009
Wajima Lamp
Table Lamp
Lacquered wood, gold, LED light source
525 x 100 x 330 mm

Wajima Desklight
Table lamp
Lacquered wood, gold, LED light source
375 x 260 x 290 mm
Japan Brand, Wajima, Japan
Then limited edition in 8 pieces + 2 A. P. + 2 Prototypes
Numbered & signed pieces

Wajima Lunch Tray Set
Lunch tray set
Lacquered wood, gold, magnets
380 x 245 x 65 mm

Wajima Pocket Mirror
Folding pocketmirror
Lacquered wood, gold, mirror-polished stainless steel
115 x 65 x 15 mm




Light screen and Desk light exist on a limited edition produced by Kreo Gallery

JAPAN BRAND
www.japanbrand.net/english/activities/feel_japan/
 
Kreo Gallery, Paris
22 rue duchefdelaville 75 013 Paris
T +33 1 53 60 18 42
F +33 1 53 60 17 58
kreogal@wanadoo.fr
www.galeriekreo.com
 



Following their mission of developing Japan's craftsmanship and industry, JAPAN BRAND invited us to conceive a contemporary object using traditional know-hows, trying to open the way for new uses and applications.
As we were first oriented towards traditional lacquerware and cutlery, Ronan had the
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opportunity to visit several workshops from one of Japan's great lacquerware producing areas : Wajima. After ten days in fascinating immersion with craftsmen, trying to understand all techniques, fabrication atmospheres and decisive criteria for realization, we decided to concentrate onto lacquerware only and to choose the workshop we felt most appropriate for a deep and smooth collaboration.
Whereas the demand concerned one sole object, we insisted on proposing a collection that could illustrate the wide range of possibilities of lacquer applications. We thus worked onto four objects that had deliberately different destinations such as culinary, domestic and nomadic applications. Our main desire was to show the beauty of perfectly reflecting lacquer and its possible uses in everyday life, through simple yet precious objects of sorts.
The lamp is a luminous box that highlights the magnificence of lacquer while presenting large shiny surfaces reflecting light. Thanks to the red glow diffused by the light when switched on, a very subtle mood emanates from the lacquer and creates a smooth and captivating atmosphere.
The desk light is an assemblage of three elements that remind distinctly of very traditional lacquerware shapes. The final piece that derives from this simple combination suggests the infinite possibilities offered by the material and its classical elements. It shows that familiar forms can give birth to different and mysterious contemporary objects. The use of LEDs in both lights enhances the impact of the marriage between ancient and recent techniques.
The double lunch tray set is a precious box, initially thought as a culinary object but with several possible applications. Closed by two magnets the shape seems to present an infinite curve, with no asperity. Open, it proposes a symmetrical double-tray that can welcome any kind of food or object.
The pocket mirror is a nomadic and delicate object that expresses the wonderful texture of the lacquer. At the end, this unisex mirror of kind raises an impression of preciousness and banality at the same time.
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