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apr 26, 2010

BCXSY: join folding screen

sayaka yamamoto and boaz cohen portrait © designboom

 

 

during milan design week 2010, BCXSY made up of design duo boaz cohen & sayaka yamamoto in collaboration with mr. tanaka, a master in the art of tategu showcased their latest project ‘origing part I: join’ at spazio rossana orlandi.

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen ‘join’ at spazio rossana orlandi image © designboom

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen ‘join’ at spazio rossana orlandi image © designboom

 

 

‘join’ consists of a series of three space-dividers made using tategu, the traditional craft of japanese wood joinery. in each piece two lined frames are visually merged to create a moment that deviates from the conventional tategu aesthetic, and introduces angles and shapes that are not commonly used in the craft. because the ‘merged’ element within each piece diverges from the traditional process and the conventional aesthetic, the screens become a natural division in the interior.

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen BCXSY showed designboom an album with detailed photographic documentation of their creative and production process image © designboom

 

 

each piece is made from hinoki (japanese cypress), an elegant and pleasantly scented wood that is highly rot-resistant and does not require any additional oils or waxes. hinoki is the most luxurious wood used in the craft of tategu.

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen photographs showcasing the various tools used for specific tasks in tategu image © designboom

 

 

the three screens in the ‘join’ series are available in a limited edition of 8 pieces each and are all handcrafted by mr. tanaka in his workshop in tokyo.

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen assembly of ‘join’ image © designboom

 

 

‘mr. tanaka’s work, and the other works we were exposed to, made a deep and lasting impression. we found the process, the extreme skill and accuracy required by the craft fascinating. we were also inspired by the personal touch each tategu master applies to his work. every piece requires a variety of different tools that are often custom made by the craftsman to address a specific task. there is a hidden dialogue between the tategu master and the work he creates – there is a reason for every step, a story behind every pattern. our challenge manifested itself in developing a project that was innovative yet still honored the traditional aspects of the craft.‘-  BCXSY

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen mr. tanaka at his woodshop

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen sketches of ‘join’ designs

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screenmr. tanaka and sayaka yamamoto

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen mr. tanaka and boaz cohen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen tool rack

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen number wood pieces for ‘join’

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen mr. tanaka in the process of construction

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen assembly of japanese wood joints

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen grooves which help to adjoin wood panels together

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen ‘origing part I: join’

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

 

 

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BCXSY: join folding screen detail

 

 

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BCXSY: join folding screen detail image © designboom

 

 

BCXSY: join folding screen

  • Beautiful design and craft!

    MW says:
  • thats an understatement –

    insane work – just nuts – love it.

    gimmy says:
  • stunning, amazing work and amazing still that Mr. Tanaka can make these masterpieces in such a stockpiled workshop. It’s amazing he can find anything in there, but the method in the madness is a feat to behold.

    Designboom, please publish more of this type of genre/work! No more Nendo.

    kg says:
  • I’m sorry but I think I don’t get it.
    Isn’t design suppose to make things simple? this are absolutely normal (rather 80’s) products which uses a very basic technology and make it insanely complicated.
    The only winner here is Mr. Tanaka, an amazing and passionate artist whose skills are stunning.

    a.d.k.v says:
  • This is a great example of traditional techniques applied to contemporary forms. In so many cases, traditional handicraft is exchanged for commercial production, but Mr. tanaka just proves that even today craft makers can have relevance and find ways to thrive forward.

    Iris says:
  • The Shokunin is Brilliant

    Flo says:
  • Great working! Magnifica opera! Miei auguri per il suo lavoro.
    Omedetou!

    oda gualtieri says:
  • craftsmanship is great but the same cant be said for design.

    ad says:
  • Que buena mano de obra…sin duda, la precicion en los cortes y los ensambles son dignos de un maestro.

    A.J.P.M says:

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