Japanese Tradition

Edited by:Roberta De Monte roberta.demonte@positive-magazine.com

Design by: Nendo

Where: Nowhere

Photos by: Akihiro Yoshida

Proofreading: Bianca Baroni


Early rumors from Tokyo Design Week 2013, which will be hold in Tokyo from October 26 to November 4. It seems, in fact, that, during this event, will be presented the new creation of Nendo, the most famous Japanese designer of the moment.


The project, developed in collaboration with traditional Japanese cooper Mokkougei Nakagawa, consists of a collection of drinking items and carafes: the Oke Cup, Carafe and the Uneven Oke Bucket. The entire service is realized by a combination of Japanese cypress, the traditional material for buckets, and Jindai cedar, a rare dark wood uncovered from having been buried in the earth for more than 2,000 years.


Both materials are treated with urethane to prevent deformation caused by sunlight, dirt and moisture.  The shape of the elements is based on the form of an ordinary bucket, but the edge is curved to create a soft feel to the touch as to the sight. A simple circle of metal, instead of the usual two, holds together the wooden slats that make up the drinking items.


The Uneven Oke Bucket is the only irregular piece, the slats that compose it, in fact, have different heights, this is to allow any bottle to be stuck and remain immobile inside the bucket. Again, Nendo manages to combine tradition and innovation, classic  Japanese materials are reinvented and made ​​contemporary.




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She graduated in 2012 at the University IUAV of Venice, Master in Building Technology, with a thesis on new media façades. Trainee at the studio TAMassociati (Venice) and Laboratorio2729 (Venice), she participated in two study-tours to New York, Holland and Germany.

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