January 16, 2018

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Dissertation on East and West AXIS: Bold As Neither

I'm often told, "You've perfectly incorporated Japanese (Eastern) and American (Western) elements into this product." I guess I hear this a lot because some of the products appear that way, but something just doesn't feel right about that comment.

When my daughter was younger, I often brought her along with me to my favorite antique shop. The shop was actually a gallery run by a married couple that I love and respect. I learned a lot about old and beautiful things there.
One day, when I was at the gallery, I asked the owner's wife to look after my daughter while she was sleeping. As I became immersed in looking at the various pieces on display, I heard her murmuring something to herself while gazing upon my sleeping daughter.
"Old items are nice, but there is something special about children who will lead us into the future."

「日本的(東)な要素とアメリカ的(西)な要素をうまく落とし込んでいますよね」
よくそう言われることがある。そう見えているのだからそうなんだろうけど、どうもしっくりこない。

娘が小さい時に、彼女を抱えながら行きつけの骨董屋によく訪れた。そこは僕が敬愛するご夫婦が経営されているギャラリーで、古いもの、美しいもの、いろいろとご教授いただいていた。
ある時、そのお店のオーナーのご婦人に、ギャラリーを見ている間、寝ている娘を見ていてもらうことをお願いした。すっかり物色に夢中になっていると、ご婦人が寝ている娘を見ながら、しみじみとつぶやいているのが聞こえた。
「昔のモノもいいけれど、未来につながる子供はいいわよね」

I love old things, especially those that make me feel a sense of simplicity and purity. The reason I feel this way is because they carry a message that cannot be felt with modern commercial items.
We design product through my own filter using a variety of inspirations, regardless of what time period they are from or whether they are rooted in Western or Eastern elements. That is how our manufacturing process begins. We use everything from the latest materials developed together with suppliers from throughout the world, to more specific manufacturing methods created at traditional workshops. At times, conflicting elements can be reborn as a new part of our everyday lives.

What I love most are not Western or Eastern things, but rather creating new forms that will lead us into the future.

古いものが好きだ。特に素朴さや純粋さを感じるものが。現代のコマーシャルなものからは感じられないメッセージが、そこにはあるように感じるからだ。
西洋のもの、東洋のもの、時代を問わず集めたインスピレーションを自分のフィルターに通してデザインする。そしてモノづくりがはじまる。世界中のサプライヤーと作る最新の素材から、伝統的ワークショップで作られる古来の手法まで用いる。時には相反する要素も、現代の生活の一部になるべく新しいものに生まれ変わる。

東でもなく西でもなく、未来につながる、新しいカタチを作るのが大好きだ。

"Dissertation on East and West AXIS: Bold As Neither"

Hiroki Nakamura

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