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Building Materials with Japanese Aesthetics

Expressing Japanese Aesthetics through Space

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『 Metallic Coloring 』


Copper, brass, and stainless steel can be colored in various colors. Since it is possible to color thin copper plates, they can be used for tableware, interior decorations, and building materials. In addition to uniform coloring, it is also possible to produce art panels with large patterns by changing the application of chemicals and heating methods. This technology is the result of research and the application of coloring techniques traditionally used for bronze vessels and Buddhist statues.  


『 Hiki Foil 』

The gorgeous gold and silver glitter that characterizes Nishijin brocade obi is expressed by hiki foil. Since ancient times, hiki foil has been one of the materials used for the finest Nishijin textiles. "Traditional Hiki foil is made by applying lacquer as an adhesive to the surface of Japanese paper and pressing up (pasting) gold or silver leaf. 


『 Tesuki (Japanese Hand-made Paper) 』

Washi, traditional Japanese paper, is more robust and has a unique texture because the fibers used as raw materials are longer than those used for Western paper. It is also possible to express colors with natural materials and to put flowers, plants, and trees together. The softness of the paper when light passes through it is also a characteristic feature, and its high durability and unique texture can be utilized for interior and building materials.


『 Kumiko (woodworking technique) 』

Kumiko is a traditional woodworking technique in which wood is assembled into geometric patterns without the use of nails. The geometric patterns are expressed by fitting small wooden parts into the latticework in various shapes. Kumiko is generally developed on a flat surface, but some craftsmen are able to express three-dimensional forms, such as spheres, by adding curves to the wood.


『 Ori (Japanese Traditional Textile) 』

Traditional Japanese textiles such as Nishijin brocade are generally 32 cm wide, the width of an obi sash. Still, after development, it is now possible to weave fabrics as wide as 100 to 150 cm. This has expanded the range of applications to include wallpaper and interior decorations. From modern Japanese patterns with a Japanese feel to original designs that can be created from scratch by craftsmen, a wide range of originality and expression is possible. Unlike ordinary wallpaper or paint, weaving with multiple layers of threads creates a sense of three-dimensionality and luxury and is used as an accent in a space.


『 Chochin 』

The jibari method is a traditional method of making Kyoto chochin (Traditional lantern). This handmade work has been passed down through the generations because the company has continued to accept custom orders from historical temples and shrines as well as long-established shops. In addition to traditional chochin making, the company has attracted attention from around the world, including an exhibit at the Milano Salone del Mobile in Milan.


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