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Urushi lacquering in Aizu

Fuki Urushi, wipe-lacquering of trays made by paulownia wood

beautiful texture of Fuki Urushi, wipe-lacquering of trays made by paulownia wood


Seeing the texture, I hear the dry, light and warm sound of paulownia wood.

The gloss of Uruhi lacquered surface like a piano will be more suitable for formal or special occasions.

By the way, what is the difference between Fuki Urushi: wipe-lacquering and finishing like a piano?
Why does the price of Urushi products have a huge variation?
Norihiro will explain more about the huge world of Urushi in Aizu through his products.

Cute taste, casual use, universal shape and authentic presence…

How rich is the craftsmanship!


Urishi lacquering tradition in Aizu

Norihiro, team leader of Bitowa and president of Ten craft, talks about Urishi lacquering tradition in Aizu

Bitowa

contemporary approach of Urushi lacquering




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Texture of Aizu, Fuki Urushi: wipe-lacquering


Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

Paulownia wood lacquered by wiping technic gives natural, plain and warm texture.

Like layered beauty in the region, texture of wood tells me something gently.

The products are made for daily use, not for admiring.

We don’t need any extra shine which happens to keep us away. We’d like to be around, to touch them because we just like them.

Chihiro, planning manager of the brand, shows me how to use a boyish and cute table.


Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

1. Now, we go out with the Nodate Chabu!

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

2. Fold the table and remove leg panels.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

3. Lay one panel on the other.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

4. Put 4 panels between folded table top.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

5. The panels are curved, handle them with care.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

6. Put the crescent in the white bag carrying a lug together.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

7. Arriving at your destination, set panels along grooves. First, outer one.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

8. Then inner one.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

9. Turn the table, then set the other side.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

10. Almost done.

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

11. Nodate Chabu is pretty strong. Chihiro puts her weight. It doesn’t matter!

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

12. Ready to use!

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

Intimate and updated use of local manufacture

Nodate Chabu ノダテチャブ

Well chosen diagonal line of table top and balanced edges of leg panels support light and contemporary feeling.

Nodate Mug ノダテマグ

Nodate Chabu has a partner, Nodate Mag.

Sazaedo Pagoda さざえ堂

I found the same texture with Nodate Chabu at a local traditional wooden building “Sazaedo Pagoda“.



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It happens to shoot!

Urushi Ball lamp at a corner

Urushi Ball lamp at a nostalgic corner in Ashina


May we have a short shooting in a room?

It is an impervious present, a lot of recommendations come to us.

How can we make a good shot?
No light?
No tripods?

Life has no rehearsal, just try to give full play on the post.


Shooting in team M design

Shooting in team M design

Shooting for Urushi Ball lamp

I was in doubt if it went well, the lamp and the vase… But see the next picture!

Urushi Ball lamp by M design

Urushi Ball lamp with a blue hydrangea




Urushi Ball lamp with a violet hydrangea and glory of wood

It might be a funny location but the harmony of colors and textures with a violet hydrangea and glory of wood pushed me.

Urushi Ball lamp by M design

Makiko, designer of M design, takes a shot of a Urushi Ball lamp with a hydrangea at a corner of Ashina.

blue Urushi ball lamp

blue Urushi ball lamp with red



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universal tablewares beyond the era


scrobiculate cute (hip?) shape of Rakuzen's Owan balls

scrobiculate cute (hip?) shape of Rakuzen’s Owan balls


We don’t need to pay a special attention to use the ball, we just pick it up and hold it as the action goes.

The round shape like hips and warm urushi lacquered finishing is very charming, give us an intimate presence.

The balls fits for any time, good for life from now onward and former life style.

Rakuzen's brochures with Owan balls

Rakuzen‘s brochures with Owan balls

Owan balls produced by Rakuzen

Owan balls produced by Rakuzen

Aki and Owan balls of Rakuzen

Aki, designer and senior contributor of Rakuzen, with her Owan balls




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texture of Fukushima

Ashina 芦名

Michiyo, landlady of Onsen auberge “Ashina” in Aizu

May we have a short shooting in a room?

Michiyo, landlady of the auberge was willing to allow us and suggested other good corners for the object.
No wonder, she knows better her space than a guest.

Her gentle talk with Aizu’s round intonation reminds me a stroll of last evening, sake recommended by Michiyo’s daughter, a hot bath and layered nature.


Ashina 芦名

A corner of Ashina’s suite.

Higashiyama Onsen hot springs

a path in Higashiyama Onsen hot springs

Samirai spirit, Aizu Bandai cider

Aizu’s natural sparkling mineral water & Cider

unpasteurized sake made without added alcohol or sugar "Naraman of Kitakata, Fukushima 奈良萬

unpasteurized sake made without added alcohol or sugar, “Naraman” of Kitakata, Fukushima




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Design F Project


Urushi Ball Lamps by Mdesign

Urushi Ball Lamps by Mdesign

The last day of biannual IFFT, getting tired of watching around, I find a guy who also looks tired of the fair playing his products.

The theme of the stand is “Urushi lacquer products from Fukushima”, so the project name is “Design F(Fukushima) Project.

Ryuma starts explaining the lamp. We can set the balls, which artisans chipped and shaved by hand and lacquered, as we like. Upside‐down pendants are telling relaxed and playful vision proposed by the designer, Makiko.

The lamps tells that a couple of billeboquets joined in a party in stunning dress and dinner jacket?!?



Urushi Ball Lamps by Mdesign

Urushi Ball Lamps by Mdesign

wooden glass

wooden glass

Universal rice ball wooden Urushi lacquered cups

Universal rice ball wooden Urushi lacquered cups by Rakuzen 楽膳

outdoor Urushi lacquered cups

outdoor Urushi lacquered cups Nodate mugs by b Prize Corp. 関美工堂

trays, flower vases and sake servers from Bitowa

trays, flower vases and sake servers from Bitowa

a sake server and a glass from Bitowa

a sake server and a glass from Bitowa

Makie mobile covers

Makie mobile covers

team Fukushima for Urushi lacquer designs

team Fukushima for Urushi lacquer designs



They have presented the products at Maison&Objet, they say.
Just only presented? Let’s get into the next step to spread Fukushima design around the world!
team Fukushima for Urushi lacquer designs

team Fukushima in smile for Urushi lacquer designs




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