The Wajima collection is the fruit of a new collaboration between designers Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec and Japan Brand. A series of accessories for the home that incorporate traditional Japanese lacquer techniques and finishes.
Japan Brand's mission is to develop Japan's craftsmanship and industry, they invited the Bouroullecs to help find new new uses and applications for traditional Japanese techniques. Per the Bouroullecs, "As we were first oriented towards traditional lacquerware and cutlery, Ronan had the opportunity to visit several workshops from one of Japan's great lacquerware producing areas: Wajima. After ten days in fascinating immersion with craftsmen, trying to understand all techniques, fabrication atmospheres and decisive criteria for realization, we decided to concentrate onto lacquerware only and to choose the workshop we felt most appropriate for a deep and smooth collaboration."
The result is a collection "that could illustrate the wide range of possibilities of lacquer applications." Four objects that exemplify the beauty of reflecting lacquer and its possible uses in everyday life, through simple yet precious objects:
"The lamp is a luminous box that highlights the magnificence of lacquer while presenting large shiny surfaces reflecting light. Thanks to the red glow diffused by the light when switched on, a very subtle mood emanates from the lacquer and creates a smooth and captivating atmosphere."
"The desk light is an assemblage of three elements that remind distinctly of very traditional lacquerware shapes. The final piece that derives from this simple combination suggests the infinite possibilities offered by the material and its classical elements. It shows that familiar forms can give birth to different and mysterious contemporary objects. The use of Leds in both lights enhances the impact of the marriage between ancient and recent techniques."
"The double lunch tray set is a precious box, initially thought as a culinary object but with several possible applications. Closed by two magnets the shape seems to present an infinite curve, with no asperity. Open, it proposes a symmetrical double-tray that can welcome any kind of food or object."
"The pocket mirror is a nomadic and delicate object that expresses the wonderful texture of the lacquer. At the end, this unisex mirror of kind raises an impression of preciousness and banality at the same time."
Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec