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Client  / byn meister

Year  /  2013

Company  /   nendo

This collection is a series of bud vases and small containers whose forms have been derived from enlarging the lid of a traditional japanese lacquerware soup bowl. Created using traditional Yamanaka lacquer techniques by Urushi Kobo Oshima, a highly-respected lacquer workshop founded in 1909. We considerably enlarged the lid of the traditional Japanese lacquerware soup bowl, as though it had entirely covered the bowl. By playing with familiar expectations for the object’s scale, we changed the relationship between its parts and emphasised the small moment of delight that comes from taking off a lid.

photo credit: nendo / Akihiro Yoshida

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