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Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Japan Style

While traditional Japanese lacquer-ware is used on special occasions, Soji ware may be used daily.
According the the designers, Kenji Ito and Takahiro Umino, their utilitarian implements are created at the start of the lacquer-ware making process, prior to the application of paint. A carving wheel turns and carves the wood allowing the simple beauty of the grain to prevail.

Yamanaka Shikki (lacquer-ware) was, originally, given as a gift to visitors of Japanese hot springs. In the 18th century, craftsmen began applying lacquer to the wood and while the original color was chestnut in color, today it is referred to as "red".
Soji ware consists of plates, stacking cases, bowls and canisters. Each handmade piece is carved from the wood of the Castor Aralia tree.
Designers, Kenji Ito and Takahiro Umino,

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