Kin Urushi

  • Tea light holder
  • Skultuna/ Keiko Nishimura/ Sfera
  • 2011

Five tea light holders. All with the same size, same material, but with different basic geometrical shapes. Like a sort of form font. Or close relatives. Kin.

In 2011, Kin Urushi  – Tohoku Support Limited Edition, a variation of Kin, was developed in collaboration between architects Claesson Koivisto Rune, Skultuna – the Swedish brass manufacturer since 1607, Kyoto Keikou Nishimura Lacquer Art Studio and Kyoto design brand Sfera in support of those who were affected by the Tohoku region Pacific Coast earthquake. Urushi is a two thousand year old hand lacquering technique. It took the skilled master craftsmen in Kyoto one month to complete the 75 numbered Kin Urushi pieces – one week to carefully hand-finish and three weeks for the lacquer to dry. All of the Kin Urushi pieces were sold out two days after presenting in Tokyo on October 29th, 2011. All of the proceeds from the project went to disaster area support groups.