Kawatsura-Shikki x Sabine Marcelis

Sendai-Tansu x Studio SWINE

Tsugaru-Nuri x Ini Archibong

Oitama-Tsumugi x Yoichi Ochiai

Nambu-Tekki x Michael Young

Aizu-Hongo-Yaki x Hideki Yoshimoto

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Design initiative for

innovative
Japanese crafts

About Craft × Tech

Craft x Tech is an initiative to bridge the gap between traditional Japanese craft and contemporary technology. Our goal is to create a novel and unique body of artworks that express both the history and future potential of these beautiful materials and techniques. With this in mind, we have selected a group of designers and artists whose work we respect and admire and who we believe will bring new and meaningful insights to these centuries-old master crafts traditions.

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Collaboration

(Tohoku Project 2024)

The inaugural edition of Craft x Tech Collaboration brought together six prefectures of the Tohoku (north-east) region of Japan and six pairs of creators, resulting in the creation of six fresh art pieces.

Kawatsura-Shikki x Sabine Marcelis

Sendai-Tansu x Studio SWINE

Tsugaru-Nuri x Ini Archibong

Oitama-Tsumugi x Yoichi Ochiai

Nambu-Tekki x Michael Young

Aizu-Hongo-Yaki x Hideki Yoshimoto

Academic

At the University of Tokyo’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, we’re delving into the fusion of traditional crafts and technology. Collaborating with various research labs and partnering with local governments, we’re driving student-led projects and creating cutting-edge artworks. In 2024, we’ll introduce a new course called "Advanced Craft Theory," aimed at all graduate students at the University of Tokyo, offering the only class dedicated to traditional crafts.

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Academic