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椅子 Isu chair

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The chair on the left shows a carpentry technique of shaving bark, while the chair on the right shows a technique in which leather is attached to a chair.
A wooden chair with a single-leg is unique.  The leg is made using a technique in which bark is shaved by turning a piece of wood on a potter’s wheel. Its shape is generated by a rotary motion that looks as if the chair has started rolling,
As for the other chair, its candy-colored leather is modern and elegant. It was designed for an apparel retail store.  Thick leather is wrapped around steel bars.  The leather wrapping and sewing requires great skill.
■ Single-leg chair(left)
*Mahogany with oil finish
*W×D×H×SH (mm) 540×440×710×450
■ Chair(right)
*steel flat bar/leather
*W×D×H×SH (mm) 622×670×750×420
*Both items are designed by Intentionallies
■produced by Ubushina, Yudai Tachikawa
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ブナコ照明器具 Bunako-shoumei-kigu Bunaco Lighting Fixture

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Bunaco is a technique where rolls of thinly sliced wood from a Japanese beech (‘buna’) are coiled, and then pushed by hand little by little to create solid geometric shapes. The buna tree, which made up much of the original forests of Japan, was used to create boxes for exporting apples before the development of the ‘bunaco technique’. However, as the bunaco technique developed, the buna began to be used in many other ways, such as for dishes and lighting instruments. The lamp above is actually two bunaco lights shaped like trumpets, attached together by a roll of buna tape. This lighting instrument is completely symmetrical at the point where the red beam of light is seen. What is unique about this bunaco lamp is the red light that delicately shines out from the middle part. This is because the central part of this lamp has fewer layers, making it thinner than the other portions of the lamp, and thus allowing the light to break through. The lamp was designed for a club called Lounge O. Perfect for interiors with dim lighting, this lamp releases magical and enchanting beams of light that give a room a unique feel. There are holes on the top and bottom of this lamp to release heat, and the bunaco can be detached from the metal base when changing the light bulb.

Size  W×D×H (mm)400×400×1800
Design: Intenionallies
Produced by: Ubushina,Yudai Tachikawa
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南木曽ろくろ細工 Nagiso-rokurozaiku Nagiso Turnery

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Nagiso Turnery is a handicraft handed down in Nagiso area in Kiso County, Nagano Pref. It makes the most of the natural grains of wood such as chestnut, zelkova, and castor aralia. Nagiso area was designated as a producing place of the nation’s traditional handicraft in 1980. According to an old document, during the period from 1704 to 1728, turners paid a fixed business tax and brought turnery products such as bowls and trays to Nagoya and Osaka regions, by which turnery had already begun in this area as early as in the middle of the Edo period. The turners decide what to make according to the qualities and grains of wood. It is said that it takes 30 to 40 years to become an experienced turner who can select the right wood at a glance. Trays, bowls, cake bowls, and teacup holders have been traditionally made, but lately some artistic works are also created.
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川北良造(人間国宝) Kawakita Ryouzou(Ningen-kokuhou) Kawakita Ryozo (Living National Treasure)

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Japan’s representative woodcraft artist, a bearer of Important Intangible Cultural Heritage (designated in 1994). Born on September 1st, 1934, in Yamanaka Town, Ishikawa Prefecture, Kawakita Ryozo got his training in woodturning skills under his father Kawakita Koichi and Himi Kodo, a woodcraft artist. In 1962, selected for Exhibition of Japan Traditional Art Crafts forthe first time, both in 1966 and 1968, awarded President of Japan Art Crafts Association Prize, and successively appointed as an audit commissioner since then, having won a lot of prizes by now.Making effective use of a characteristic of materials such as zelkova, mulberry, maple tree and chestnut, he has given out fresh and excellentworks with brimming modern taste created by his sound skills in wood turning technique that is used to create wooden objects on a rokuro (woodturner) while a cutting knife is used to cut and shape it, together with hisoriginal artifice into which traditional marquetry technique and sujibiki technique are incorporated. His main works are Keyakidukuri-Katamoriki, Jindai-Keyaki-Moriki, Kurogakidukuri-Gousu, Tamatsubaki-Moriki, all of which are excellent works where beauty of the material is maximized.
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独楽遊び Koma-asobi Top spinning

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Japan is probably ahead of many other countries in the variety of spinning tops in terms of the shape and structure. There are many ways of spinning and competing that have been handed down from the old times. You can spin a top by pinching the stem with your thumb and fingers and twirl it, by twirling with your palms, by winding a string around the top and throwing it to unwind the string, or by lifting up a top with thread wound around the stem and hitting the top against the floor. Which way to choose depends on the type of tops. You can also play games with tops in several ways including the game in which the strength of the top is contested by hitting the tops against each other, the one in which the elapsed time of the rotation is competed, or the competition in which the spinning skills are contested. If you play with a top by yourself, you can enjoy the changes of the shape or patterns of a top in rotation, or the sound made by the mechanism inside a top. In Japan there are also many kinds of acrobatic top performances such as spinning a top on a parasol or tightrope spinning.
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