Based on calligrapher Rieko Kawabe's concept of "making a box of calligraphy tools that can be selected and enjoyed like a tea box," our CEO and Creative Director, Tadahiro Konoe, participated in the "Gagei Bunbou Jubou Exhibition," a project to develop calligraphy tools that people with a high sensitivity to fashion, art and design would want to use on a daily basis. Creative Director Tadahiro Konoe participated in the project.
This time, Konoe designed a "table" for writing calligraphy.
The Jindai Tamo used for the top panel is a natural tree buried under the ground by a volcanic eruption thousands of years ago, and it is a buried tree that was dug up before it was transformed into a fossil in the ground over an endless period of time.
Kawabe's idea to use Jindai Tamo and the collaboration with Yasuyuki Nakanishi of Toyohashi, who selected and processed the wood, resulted in a unique presence.
The handles of the drawers are made of teak. The deep color of the teak wood contrasts with the light white natural color of the Jindai Tamo and the heavy iron used for the legs.
"The table" can be folded into a compact size.
It can be folded and stored when not in use, or carried around and used in a variety of ways. This way, you can enjoy writing without worrying about the size of the space.
I also designed a "paperweight" to hold the paper and a "tabletop bracket" to put all the calligraphy tools together as a set of works with the table.
The "paperweight" not only functions to hold down the paper on which the brush is run. "People who use the table to write may also use a computer. It is also designed to be used as a PC stand, based on the assumption of modern life.
The "tabletop metal fittings" are designed to prevent the brush from rolling around on the tabletop.
Next to it is a space for an inkstone. On top of the inkstone, there is a place to put the ink brush and a drop of water.
There is also a place for a mug or glass to take a break.
"The metal parts of the tabletop hardware", "paperweight", and table legs were specially made by Yosuke Ito (Truss Box), who specializes in metalwork.
In addition, there were many other works that blended the individuality of the artists with traditional Japanese culture, such as a brush rest with a motif of a flower garden spreading out at your feet, and calligraphy tools that can be customized to your liking.
All the works on display were available for purchase, and many people bought them on the spot. The "Table" designed by Konoe sold out on the first day! We would like to thank you again and again for coming to our booth.
Venue: Nihon Kodo, Kaju Head Office Building, 2nd Floor, Ginza Koro
Dates: On view until November 21, 2019 (Thu)
Opening hours: 11:00 - 18:00
Admission: Free ＜伊藤洋介さんのTruss Boxのサイト＞ http://www.truss-box.com