Dimensions: 44.5cm(H) x 27.6cm(W) x 35.4cm(D) / 17.5"(H) x 10.9"(W) x 13.9"(D)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
This work is one of Ryosuke Harashima's furniture titled "STILLIFE."It has made through combining old nesting boxes and cylinder brass parts. The lacquered boxes called "Kiri-Dame" was used as stocker of cut vegetables in old style of Japanese kitchen space.
Artist statement regarding "STILLIFE"
Traditional Japanese folk tools and antiques that are considered “obsolete” in this day and age. However, we can feel and appreciate the passing of time through these old artifacts. I’m inspired by the‘spirits’ these old tools carry and try to bring about a change in attitude. Emphasizing the contrast between the old tools, characterized by their deep textures and atmospheres not present in mass-produced products, and modern industrial materials such as brass and glass. Brought together and combined in a classical yet sophisticated new form. By reinterpreting these “old tools” in a contemporary way, a change occurs that transforms the object into a “more attractive tool”.
This appreciation of old objects can also be found in the Japanese spiritual concept of the “TSUKUMO God”. The belief that after many years, tools transform into something that carries a spirit, attracts people and invokes creativity. Perhaps the antiquity in itself is beautiful enough, but by combining the old with the new, it could be thought that the objects are given a new, modern life. I try to inspire people to think about the meaning of sustainability and consumption society.
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Lives and Works: Ishikawa
After graduating from the Kanazawa International Design Institution (KIDI) in 2002, he studied product and furniture design at Parsons The New School for Design in New York City in 2003. In 2004 he began working at a graphic design office in Kanazawa, Japan, while also researching traditional Japanese craftsmanship. During this period much of his inspiration came from crossing the cultures of the East and West.He founded his own office ‘Root design office’ in Kanazawa in 2005. Since then he has worked on product design, graphic design and creative direction, art direction for projects and clients. He focuses on collaborating with artisans and manufacturers to create an innovative aesthetic that is both Japanese and international.
He participated in COOK IT RAW 2011 ISHIKAWA , designing a Japanese paper dish. Currently he is creative producer of Kanazawa Kingyo, a souvenior brand, art director of Paperable, stationary brand, and is a founding member of Kapo, or ‘Kanazawa Art Port,’ and art community.
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