Japonism: Three New Trends From Japan
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KINTSUGI CERAMICS

In the digital age, the attention is drawn to things made by people, not by machines: ceramics showing artisan origins are becoming the best choice. New townspeople are worried about tactility and "imperfect beauty" - an object, when looking at which it is obvious: it is made by hand.

Kintsugi ceramics has come into fashion - it reproduces or imitates the old Japanese technology of tableware restoration, the “art of the golden stitching”. The fragments are glued together using urushi varnish mixed with platinum, gold or silver powder. Careful attitude and prolongation of the life of things has always been characteristic of Japanese culture, but kintsugi also has a philosophical basis: cracks are an integral part of the history of an object, and therefore do not deserve oblivion and even more so disguise. Conscious consumption - this trend applies not only to clothing or furniture, but also to tableware. Kenzo Takada has used the kintsugi technique in his new home & lifestyle brand K-3: "This is my answer to the culture of disposables," says the Japanese fashion designer.

Kintsugi inspires interior designers. They complement the clay-colored plaster with golden "cracks", forming dark gray "veins" that run across the floor - as did the Brazilians from MNMA Studio. Signs of aging are not masked, but effectively revealed - this principle is used by architects in the restoration of old buildings.

Actual codes of consumer culture: sustainable development, environmental friendliness, desire for nature, interest in traditions and craft. The new landmark is Japan.

“THE WORLD OF DESIGN IS CHANGEED WITH A RETURN TO HISTORICAL MOTIVES. EVERYTHING THAT DEFINED THE DECOR OF A CENTURY HOUSE BACK IS RAPIDLY RETURNING TO FASHION. " - CONSIDERS KENZO TAKADA, FOUNDER OF THE KENZO BRAND.

The request for an eco-friendly interior made me turn to unusual materials. Paper is perhaps the first on this list: today, fashionable lamps, furniture and even decorative tiles are made from it. What seems to be a novelty for Europeans has long lived in Japanese interiors.

A large-scale product using paper - the Wood & Washi systems, which are implemented in Russia by design büro Concept M. The systems embody the current Technokraft trend: they are created on the basis of Japanese craft paper-making techniques and advanced Dutch technologies. There are no analogues to this product.

Washi IS A JAPANESE HANDCRAFTED PAPER, TRADITIONS OF ITS PRODUCTION HAVE BEEN HAS BEEN HAS BEEN HAS BEEN BROKEN IN JAPAN FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION FOR 1200 YEARS.

Three types of Japanese paper, produced in three different prefectures, are today inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible Heritage List. The raw material for Washi paper is the bark fiber of kozo, mitsumata and gampi shrubs, which are difficult to cultivate on plantations and mainly grow in the wild. It is from their long fibers that a durable, glossy paper is obtained, which is made without bleaching or other chemicals. Therefore, Washi paper does not turn yellow in the sun, but, on the contrary, becomes whiter under the influence of ultraviolet radiation.

Initially, Washi paper was intended for calligraphy, but then its scope has expanded. It was used to make and are still making movable shoji partitions, perhaps the most characteristic detail of the Japanese interior. It was the shoji that inspired the Wood & Washi developers to build systems.

Japanese paper canvases are available in four variations: roll, panel, banner, and the Flow system. Wood & Washi systems are a good alternative to heavy curtains or tulle: they allow you to maximally open window openings, bring light and air into the interior, and, if necessary, reliably protect the interior space from the sun.

The paper canvases are supplemented with high-tech components, slats and fittings. Numerous elements of the systems are calculated so precisely that manufacturers compare their work with a watch movement. The systems can be integrated into a “smart home”, then they can be easily controlled from a remote control or a smartphone. The creators have great love for their product. For them, it is not only a component of the interior, but also a philosophy of life. To stay true to your inner world, live in harmony with nature, enjoy every day - old traditions combined with the latest technologies will help in this. “Our consumers are modern people who value cleanliness, take care of their health, understand the value of consumed products, and invest in the quality of their own life. They are creative and with particular scrupulousness to the little things. From all the variety, they are able to choose what is valuable for them with a stream of information flowing. It is important for them to come to a cozy but modern home, ”say the developers of Wood & Washi.

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