Project "KOBALT" respects the traditional Japanese usage of color and distinctive patterns, while integrating modern simplicity of EDC (Everyday Carry) backpack. The functional backpack has a total of 9 pockets hidden in the lining. Once opened, the vivid colors and unique Japanese patterns create a balanced harmony while maximizing attraction. Cobalt Blue is the ideal EDC backpack for people who need functionality with a spice of traditional surprise!
Saint Maur International School located in Yokohama, Japan, is a very small yet prestigious school recognized for its commitment to education for over 140 years.
or Project Maroon Red we design furnitures and goods made from 51-year-old cherry tree wood collected from their gymnasium floor. We wish to cherish their history and value therefore, we have further developed the project into a collaborative relationship, which involves the school and students in the production.
We are not only recycling, but upcycling to bring out the best in what the material holds.
Ogawamachi is a small town in the prefecture of Saitama, Japan, well known for its tradition in making Washi, handmade Japanese paper, for over 1,300 years.
Their famous Hosokawa paper was recognized as the Intangible Cultural Property of Japan in1978, and was further enlisted as UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage in 2014.
Despite of its international recognitions, Hosokawa Washi craft has remained almost unknown to much of the Japanese population. In addition, due to increasing use of western paper, the number of artisans continues to decline and Washi industry in this region also continues to shrink.
In this project we use their Washi paper by incorporating it into our products, which are designed with tactility in mind, so that people are welcome to touch and feel the richness of Washi. We feel that it is vital to bring back the usage of Washi paper, not only in a formal setting, but also on a daily basis. Through our design, we aim to enhance the beauty of Washi paper and its craftsmanship.
Vivid colours are used to design these products, along with a bit of wit, and a sprinkle of charm.