Tohoku Project 2024

The craft-producing districts for the inaugural edition of Craft x Tech are from the six prefectures of the Tohoku (north-east) region of Japan. The participating craftspeople are producers of Tsugaru-Nuri lacquerware (from Aomori prefecture), Kawatsura-Shikki lacquerware (from Akita prefecture), Nambu-Tekki ironware (from Iwate prefecture), Sendai-Tansu cabinet making (from Miyagi prefecture), Oitama-Tsumugi textile (from Yamagata prefecture) and Aizu-Hongo-Yaki pottery (from Fukushima prefecture).

The designers who are collaborating with these master crafts producers are Sabine Marcelis, Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves (Studio SWINE), Ini Archibong, Yoichi Ochiai, Hideki Yoshimoto, and Michael Young. The programme is an initiative led by Tangent Design and Invention and the Craft x Tech Tohoku Association, in collaboration with Maria Cristina Didero, who will also curate the inaugural Craft x Tech exhibition in 2024.

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