[Traditional crafts for the modern lifestyle]
The modern lacquerware TO:DAY was born out of pursuing a traditional craft form that is easy to incorporate into modern life.
In recent years, there has been an increase in lacquerware with modern colours and designs, but modern art design is a rare experiment that stands out even among modern lacquerware.
TO:DAY is inspired by the chemistry between contemporary art and traditional crafts. This unique yet chic product could provide a difference to your daily space.
The product line-up includes a tea tray and cutlery stand set in each of three exclusive designs, that can be used in a variety of ways to brighten your life.
[Aizu lacquerware, one of Japan's historic lacquerware since 15th century]
Aizu lacquerware, which developed in the Aizu region of western Fukushima Prefecture, is a traditional craft that has a history dating back to the 15th century and is the pride of Japan.
Aizu lacquerware is renowned for the beauty of its gold lacquerware (maki-e). There are several maki-e techniques, but this product was individually decorated by artisans using silk (screen) printing, which is a common technique for adding designs using a screen plate.
The gold Maki-e used for the modern lacquerware TO:DAY has a slightly yellowish and rich deep colour, giving it a delicate and complex shimmer when the light shines on it.
Regarding the production of TO:DAY, we worked together with Suzuzen Lacquerware, a long-established Aizu lacquerware company founded in 1832, and is a representative of the historic Aizu lacquerware industry. The maki-e production and painting were done by skilled artists who have been in the business for over 50 years.
[The Zen spirituality and quality of Japanese art for your home time]
The glamour of contemporary art and the calmness of Japanese modernism accentuate a simple room and create a space that brings the inspiration of Zen. When you want to relax after a long day, or when you want to treat your guests differently from usual. Adds a sense of Zen and quality to your home time.
[Three exclusive designs; chemistry between contemporary art and traditional crafts]
Modern lacquerware TO:DAY is available in three different designs (patterns). Please choose the design that resonates with your own artistic spirit.
1: Walking street
The design features people walking down the street, connected by a single stroke of the brush. The creative director of TO:DAY, Kyoko Watanabe, is also a kimono obi artist and was originally inspired by the patterns sewn onto obi belts. This is another fusion of contemporary art and traditional culture. It is a sophisticated design that creates an artistic space just by decorating it.
2: π (pi) numbers
Fine numerals are expressed simply and sharply as lines. This number 3.14... is yes, pi. The simplicity of the design complements what you place it on and makes it easy to use on a table or around a desk.
The leopard pattern as a contemporary art form is crossed with lacquerware. Combined with the high quality of the lacquerware, it is a luxurious and fashionable product. It is sure to add a special touch to your home or office drinking time.