Urushi Design & Innovation by Taiichi Kirimoto & Kohei Kirimoto 1.6 - 30.6.2019
Kirimoto Family in Wajima, Ishikawa prefecture of Japan, has been engaged in the lacquerware making for over 200 years since the late Edo Period. At the beginning of Showa era, the family started to specialize in carving wood materials of lacquerware.
Taiichi Kirimoto succeeded the family business as the seventh generation. Before returning to Wajima, he majored in Industrial Design at the university and practised interior design. He resumed wood craftsmanship as he returned and started designing for lacquerware, furniture and architectural fixtures.
The business is currently breaking out from the mould with a new contemporary range of goods that’s got everyone’s attention. Kohei Kirimoto, the son of Taiichi Kirimoto, and eighth-generation heir of the family, is the brand director of the new collection, “Iki“, inspired by human skin. “Iki” in Japanese means “breath“, “stylishness“, and “freshness“.
This Exhibition Preview x Talk will explore the future of lacquer art (Urushi in Japanese), and its applications in products, interior and architectural designs.
Date: 1 June 2019 (Saturday)
Time: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Venue: The Gallery by SOIL, 52 Po Hing Fong, Sheung Wan
Language: Japanese (Cantonese/English interpretation)