For Sale : 26800Yen 160 Pond , 330 dollar
Awarded: Good Design Award 2007
"Sumi" is a redesign product of "Yusan-bako" which is a traditional picnic box / sweets box descended in Tokushima prefecture; one of the islands located to western part of Japan.
"Yusan-bako" is three-tiered food boxed with twofold outer boxes for portable uses.
Traditional "Yusan-bako" has two holes on both sides of outer boxes. By changing the position of these holes to the edge of the outer boxes, this box realized of pulling out of inner boxes by one hand as well as excellent design of handle and lid.
These days, the outstanding work of craftmens' technique tend to be lost by the massive production and consumption.
I try to uphold the craftsmen work as well as local industry by adding the essence of design work opposing to the automated product works.
"Sumi" has been come about one of these challenges I collaborated with the woodwork- craftsmen in Tokushima prefecture.