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Studio SWINESendai Tansu

The traditional and stately Sendai Tansu, originally crafted as a samurai or merchant chest, has acquired a completely new interpretation. It combines a graphical, flat pattern inspired by Ukiyo-e prints. Inspired by the dynamic graphic geometry and flatness of Japanese woodblock prints and 1960's Metabolism, this new Tansu design playfully combines the traditional crafts and the radical architectural movements of Japan in a systematic 'functional decoration’.
Year: 2024
Material: Wood, Urushi (Lacquer)
Size: L40 x W144 x H110 cm / 2024)
The traditional and stately Sendai Tansu, originally crafted as a samurai or merchant chest, has acquired a completely new interpretation. It combines a graphical, flat pattern inspired by Ukiyo-e prints. Inspired by the dynamic graphic geometry and flatness of Japanese woodblock prints and 1960's Metabolism, this new Tansu design playfully combines the traditional crafts and the radical architectural movements of Japan in a systematic 'functional decoration’.
Year: 2024
Material: Wood, Urushi (Lacquer)
Size: L40 x W144 x H110 cm / 2024)

About Sendai Tansu

The history of Sendai-Tansu goes back to the Edo Era. Originally born as cabinets for samurai and shops to store important items such as swords, kimonos and testimonies, its robustness and security was important. In the Meiji Era, it became more popular, and with the addition of artistic decorations such as beautiful lacquerware and gorgeous metal fittings, it has achieved its own development.

Designer

Studio SWINE

A design collective by Japanese Architect Azusa Murakami and British Artist Alexander Groves. Their work straddles between the spheres of sculpture, installations and cinema, blending poetry and research into immersive experiences. They are represented by the world renowned Pace Gallery, and their works have been collected by MoMA New York and Centre Pompidou in Paris.

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Artisan

Yunome Rikiya

Secretary-General of the Sendai Tansu Cooperative and Executive Director of Yunome Furniture Department Store Co., Ltd. Engaged in the traditional craft of Sendai Tansu, a craft traditionally manufactured in and around Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture, since the end of the Edo period. The company was established in the 4th year of the Meiji era. In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake, recognizing the need for increased awareness and the preservation of tradition, the company has worked diligently to obtain the designation of "Traditional Craft of Japan" to elevate its recognition. Continuing as a bridge to tradition, the company, alongside skilled artisans, persists in new challenges.

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