the sakan collection by bril is made from a mixture of straw and soil
the sakan collection by bril is made from a mixture of straw and soil the sakan collection by bril is made from a mixture of straw and soil
nov 27, 2012

the sakan collection by bril is made from a mixture of straw and soil

‘sakan bowls’ by brilimage © designboom



using a basic mixture of chopped straw, sand and natural soil, ‘sakan’ – a material known for its use in conventional plaster work for making walls in japanese houses, a series of objects created japanese design collective bril, pays homage to the traditional manufacturing technique. without the need to be baked in order to be fixed like ceramic, the collection proposes new products that use ‘sakan’ in innovative ways.


shaped by forging different sheets of punched steel, the mixtures of soil create various reliefs. after drying, the mixture protruding from outside from the pattern is cut off and the unique combination of soil and mesh is revealed on the outer surface.



topview of sakan bowl



the ‘sakan bowl’ utilizes a structure covered with the mixture of soil. used for placing vegetables, the bowl maintains a proper level of humidity, preserving food for an extended period of time.



making of sakan collection




the detail of sakan bowl



the detail of sakan bowl





product views with material mixtureimage © designboom



frontview of ‘sakan light’ switched on



shaped as a tube, the ‘sakan light’ is conceived by dabbing the mixture to create a soft shaded surface, contrasted to have ceramic-like properties in the white one, the pattern of the mesh under the shade softly stands out and the surface looks like ceramic objects.



sakan light detail turned on



 ‘sakan light’ turned on during 2012 design tide in tokyoimage © designboom



 image © designboom



‘sakan light’



sakan light detail



frontview of sakan stool



 using the same moulding technique, the ‘sakan stool’ surface looks as if it were scratched by a brass brush.



‘sakan stool’ detail



texture samples



material mixturesimage © designboom


designboom has received this project from our ‘DIY submissions‘ feature, where we welcome our readers to submit their own work for publication.we have visited the tokyo design tide exhibition where the ‘sakan collection’ was on show during tokyo design week and have includedsome of our own images of the works to give you a better understanding of the materials and processes used to execute the design pieces. see more project submissions from our readers here.

  • ‘primitief’ maar de moeite

  • I like expanded metals. It lends itself to things other than bird feeders. The punched bowl is cool.

    JimCan says:
  • Yeah…”cool”….haven’t we all seen this before, in rammed earth houses, boiled recycled paper treated with linseed oil and baked to keep the form rigid, coloured with food colouring first….using natural grasses and leaves in the mix..oh, wait,, that was just a project to learn more, not a reader’s submission..I’d better lower the bar

    Pasha says:

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