gerardo osio's nomadic life kit brings familiarity to any space gerardo osio's nomadic life kit brings familiarity to any space
jan 02, 2017

gerardo osio's nomadic life kit brings familiarity to any space


nowadays, constant travels from one place to another has become a recurring phenomenon — making the nomadic lifestyle a reality for many people. therefore, product design brand gerardo osio has proposed the ‘nomadic life’ kit. it is a selection of products influenced by the japanese culture and crafts that can be carried from one dwelling to another, making it easy to create a familiar space wherever one may be. 

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the nomadic life kit unpacked, adaptable to any space



gerardo osio has looked into the buddhist and shinto religions, extracting from each the essentials of wellbeing such as: simplicity, appreciation for the impermanent and reconnection with nature. in other words, the studio wishes to show how the japanese culture and traditional crafts can effectively solve the problems of shrinking living spaces caused by nomadic habits. 

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all objects are handmade by japanese craftsmen, using only natural materials for each



thanks to the use of natural materials (copper, wood, leather, straw, cotton and stone), it is possible to witness these objects getting old with time. by providing this effect, the user is offered a sense of continuity and permanence — regardless of the living space that is constantly renewed. in collaboration with six traditional japanese workshops, all objects are handmade by skilled craftmen in kyoto, fukui and okayama.  

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the kit is easy to carry during any travel

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goza is a mat made with igusa straws, typically used for tatami flooring

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the hako wooden carrier is inflenced by a box named hakozen, used by buddhist monks

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sabi is a copper tableware that ages with time, evoking the japanese culture of appreciating the impermanent

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zafu, a cushion design borrowed from the ones used in zen buddhism

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a candle holder and flower vase are also included within the kit

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kami candle/ incense holder, it provides light, warmth and aroma

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kami flower vase, an easy way to bring nature into personal space



special thanks to: sensei kentaro yamamoto, sensei yoshito nakano, JICA and CONACYT



designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication. see more project submissions from our readers here.


edited by: lea zeitoun | designboom

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