Contemporary Japanese Design Exhibition at Fuori Salone 2013


There are 11 exhibitors and over 40 designers/creators from all over Japan in this year.

The fusion of "Tradition" and "Modernity" is our main concept for creation.

You can see one of the best design furniture, table wares, hand craft product, gift items,art pieces….etc. from all over Japan.

In addition, we will serve some of the fusion food and drinks by Italian designer from NIME studio and Japanese exhibitors, too.

Wonderful performances and demonstration by Japanese craftsman and artists
will be held every day.

The reception date is on 8th evening and wonderful party will be held on 12
th night, too.

Please take a look at our "Contemporary Japanese Design + Asobi Japan
creation 100" exhibition.
We hope you could feel & touch and taste our concept at the exhibition in
this time in Milan.


Kotaro Nishibori
Contemporary Japanese Design Exhibition


Fuori Salone (Zona Tartina)

Via Voghera, 4, 20144 Milan

Exhibitors information

"sen" by Shinn Asano Design Co., Ltd.

Shinn Asano Design Co., Ltd. Is Tokyo based design studio with background in graphic design.

Sen furniture series
Japanese designer Shinn Asano with background in graphic design releases 6 piece collection of steel furniture called Sen, which turns 2D lines into 3D forms. The Sen has been created with lines that minimize excess to express both form and functionality in a range of applications, and inspired by the unique aspects of traditional Japanese craft, patterns, and hieroglyphs and nuances.

Kagome Stool
Kagome stool by Shinn Asano has been honored with the renowned Golden A' Design Award at Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design Competition, and is made from 18 right angle triangles that support each other and when viewed from above forms the traditional Japanese craft pattern kagome moyou. The stool is suitable for use indoors and out.

Hitotaba Lamp
Hitotaba lampl by Shinn Asano has been announced as a winner of the prestigious Silver A' Design Award at Lighting Products and Lighting Projects Design Competition, and was inspired by the scene of bunches of rice straw hanging downwards to dry. You can grab the upper rounding part and take the lamp to your favorite place.

Person in charge : Shinn Asano
Address : 3-8-9 Kitazawa, Setagaya-ku, Tokyo 155-0031
Tel : +81-3-3481-8812
Fax : +81-3-3481-8812
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Koyama tatami studio

Traditional Tatami industory in Japan is decreasing in these days. Traditional Japanese life style with tatami is fading away year by year. I want to add new design idea with the good feature of tatami, such as healing, relaxation, warm atmosphere. "Series 1" Tatami panels can be fit in modern interior scene. I think Tatami craftmen especially young genalation should take more PR action to the world with our philosophy of "Japan ism". I will continue Tatami making performance all over the world to show the people how the new Tatami can be suitable to the real life.

Person in charge : Kenji Koyama
Address : 3-1-14 Imatsu-minami, Tsurumi-ku, Osaka 538-0043 Japan
Tel : +81-90-3949-6054
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"木コロ Kikoro" by Nishii Mokkou Ltd.

"To be with nature" is our concept. We have 50 years experience about wooden furniture and goods production. We don't seek large-scale of business, we focus on a small but valuable creation.
First there was the "Pet Rock", now there is "Kikoro". Made from mainly cedar scraps, this simple inanimate object brings the warmth of wood into your home. It comes in various sizes and shapes, uniquely suggestive of new ways to use wood. Decorate a room with it, use it as art or stimulate your child's imagination with it. There's no end to what you can do with it.

Person in charge : Shigeo Nishii
Address : Naniwa Cooperative Association Enterprises Complex No.2, 4-4-28 Kitakagaya, Suminoe-ku, Osaka, 559-0011 Japan
Tel : +81-6-6682-6760
Fax : +81-6-6682-6761
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RAWS-Agency makes a concept "beauty of Japan" and "Cha-no-yu", and antique art to a young writer's work exhibits it towards the world.
We do cast of artists, event management, product design, design in addition to the art exhibition.
Our business is comprehensive.
Feel Japan, get to knows Japan and enjoy Japan.
It is our role.

nikaido RAKU-shio

maruoka SKULL-Syuki


Person in charge : FUMIYUKI OKUBO
Address : 504, 1-39 Kagohara-Minami Kumagai-city, Saitama 360-0847 Japan
Tel : 81-09-4245-5012
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Kyoto Contemporary

In Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan the excellent traditional crafts that have a long history are called "Kyo-mono" in Japan.

It is our sincere hope to create products for presents, also products that are able to be incorporate into people's daily lives.

By applying advanced and sophisticated technologies and also by utilizing universal designs we strive to make interesting products.

The project spirit is to convert the charm of Kyo-mono to useful daily products.

We invite you to appreciate our innovative products that combine the ability & soul of Kyoto's skilled artisans and their state-of-the-art designs.

The ISUKE was founded in the late Edo period, the company has produced the natural material of lacquerware such as purified lacquer and lacquerware for more than 180 years.
Nowadays, we have gained wide popularity in the market incorporating design and functions which match well in modern life.
We originally propose contemporary tableware that is made from our historic techniques and new design.

Since the establishment of the company in 1935, we have being aiming at producing Kyoto style ceramics that are representative in this traditional Japanese industry.
By selecting the best artisans who best fit each product, we provide a wide range of tableware, tea utensils and interior accessories.
In this project, we propose exquisite tableware treated by a technique called "Flower shape crystallization".

Since the establishment our company in 2004, we have produced specialized textile products like the theatrical costumes for "KABUKI" that is a classical Japanese dance-drama play.
The luxurious "KABUKI" costume is an art of the crystallization of Japanese traditional textile techniques such as dyeing techniques and sewing techniques.
For this project, by integrating the Japanese traditional techniques with the modern ideas, we propose to you brand-new textile products.
With the intersection of horizontal and vertical yarns, we construct various textile models.

"Kyo-dolls"by MIYAKE CO., LTD.
Our main business aims at the manufacture and sale of "Kyo-dolls".
The company was established in 1969 as a manufacturer of Kyo-dolls.
In the name of a traditional craftsman - "Miyake Gensho" , we supply our products to department stores and specialty stores until now in Japan.
We would like to present to you the beauty and the technicality of "Kyo-dolls".
Furthermore, we hope to be able to revitalize Japan's traditional culture and to strengthen relationships between people who like "Kyo-dolls".
"SANJIKU Showl" Our best recommendation,showl.It has extremely expressive aspects.
Since the establishment of company in 1949, we have been producing Kimonos, obi belts and Kimono accessories for years.

Since the establishment of the company in 1935, we have being aiming at producing traditional Japanese obi-belts for Kimonos. The obi is made from high-quality silk.
Highly skilled techniques are necessary for its manufacturing.
In the world today, this technique exists only in Japan. It is mainly used for products relating to Kimonos.
In this project the prestigious obis integrate perfectly into decoration accessories. We would like to show you the luxurious obi belt decoration in concise style.

Founded in Kyoto in 1764, our industrial company has produced buddhist rosaries (Juzu-bracelets) used for official buddhist ceremonies for more than 240 years.In this project, we propose the dyed products by using a technique called "Kikujin Zome" for dyeing fabric.
This technique was used for the
manufacture of high-quality rosary cases for the royal family of ancient Japan.
This rare dyeing technique can magically change the fabric's colors by the optical reflection. We invite you to discover this incredible color variation.
Material book(Ultrasuede)Ultrasuede is a fabric so unique, it's a category all its own.We chllenged to dye it by traditional hand textile printings.
"yuugi"by KYOHO Co.,Ltd
yuugi is a superior Yuzen dyeing brand by Kyoho Co.Ltd., a well known kimono manufacturer in Kyoto. We constantly challenge ourselves to manufacture new types of dyed fabrics which may be used in contemporary daily life, according to the preferences of our customers all over the world.

Person in charge : Kotaro Nishibori
Producer of Kyoto Contemporary Project
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"HAYATON" by DAIKO Industrial Co.,Ltd.

DAIKO is a company conveying a Japanese old SUDARE(bamboo blind) in the present age. I succeed the traditional technique of the SUDARE and repeat much improvement and am used for a window of the Japanese Shinkansen recently now.
DAIKO suggests a few NEW SUDARE so far this time.

Down the ages, Sudare are rooted in people's lives.

Sudare for Shinkansen, made of cherry trees.

Sudare for restaurant, made of natural wood in Japan.

Person in charge : Takaharu KOTERA
Address : 1736 Tane-Cho,Higashiomi-shi,Shiga,Japan
Tel : +81-748-42-0205
Fax : +81-748-42-5781
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Ohminato Bunkichi Shoten Co.,Ltd.

Craftsmanship supported by many years of traditions and techniques
Japanese screens are works of art made from natural wood and paper with experienced craftsmanship
Ominato Bunkichi Shoten has about 100years of experience and is happy to manufacture anything
upon request using natural materials such as wood,paper and bamboo

Person in charge : Yousuke Ohminato
Address : 1-26Akifusa, Kamo-city, Nigata 959-1356 Japan
Tel : +81-256-52-0040
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"Bringing beautiful Tokyo craftworks into the future"
Tokyo's traditional crafts have been nurtured through many years.
The Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum produced the creation of "craftworks of the future" by collaboration between craftsmen who live by tradition and designers who want to make use of tradition in the modern age. From the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum to Japan and the world. We hope that a new movement will be started from Tokyo.

Tokyo Cabochon
This is a cabochon* ring which was created using the techniques of cloisonne. The color image was inspired from Tokyo and its landscape. You can see the configuration of the silver surface with transparent, semi-transparent and opaque with special colors of cloisonne glaze on the ring. It was created by a craftman, Hatakeyama, skillfully and sophisticatedly. Hatakeyama's particular techniques, "Plique-a-jour Enamel", were applied in some of the designs. We would like to devise the products that provide a fresh wind into the Tokyo cloisonne with a long history. *Cabochon means without facet and roundly polished.

Edo Kiriko Ring
Edo Kiriko was originally made for decorating tables in a house, but I made a ring from that for decorating people.I tried to make traditional crafts into new objects which are close to everyday life. Applying flat cut and cut patterns on the glass surface creates a subtle overlap effect in the glass. Thus, we can obtain a deep and beautiful Kiriko. By wearing Edo Kiriko, you can make your everyday life a little more fun and rich.
Edo-Kumihimo Accessory
We tried to make soft braided cords by using silk striped crepe in a playful imagination what they look if we use silk cloths instead of silk threads in applying the traditional techniques of braded cords, braiding silk threads tightly. We created braded cord accessories with entirely new design, containing partly flat surface by braiding cloths cut like a comb. You can use them as chokers or bands for hair.

Komon chief
Komon pattern was developed during the Edo period when this was used for samurai's uniform."Komon chief" has two contrasting patterns. One is the komon pattern which looks plain when seen from a distance. The other pattern is called "Iware Komon" which gives viewers happy feelings. The color was chosen from traditional Japanese colors. The way of folding the chief creates various images because of the contrast of colors and patterns.By using the lining of kimono, all the fabric dyeing process of cloth is completed by hand starting from making colors. We will be happy if you enjoy them.

Paperweight - moire
We came up with this unique "moire" which is Edo Kiriko with a new visual effect. The Moire effectoccurs when the top and bottom surfaces have different cuts and the depth of the cuts can be seen from the side.
For the transparency, we chose an optical glass. This glass is made with the craftsmanship and aesthetics of the Edo period in mind.
Arabesque loupe
Wooden loupe made with solid cherry wood, hand-engraved stroke by stroke with intricate craftsmanship. Cherry wood has long been used in Japan for woodcarving from ancient time. It is robust enough to enable finest of engravings and its finish very thin and light. It is designed in the hope that the old art of Buddhism sculptors could be felt familiar in modern lives.

Person in charge : Takuya HOTTA
Address : 2-7-7-201, Komagata, Taito-ku, Tokyo Japan #111-0043
Tel : +81-90-1804-4126
Fax : +81-3-3843-0466
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"GunmaQualoe" project is formed by small but high-tech factories group and young designers from Takasaki city of Gunma, Japan.
They produce cutting edged artworks based on their high-end technique and creativity everyday.

The Portable Shrine of Gunma

Yamazaki Mfg. Co., Ltd represent Project Qualoe -Art production team in TAKASAKI-

Three baby pigs & Bremen Town Musicians
Neopretex Co., Ltd. x Ryo Takahashi

Lasered Furniture System "Scarab" #1,2,3 Models
Nakai Machinery Co., Ltd. x Hajime Shimoyama

Person in charge : Masaomi Yamazaki
Address : 105-1, Kogure Yoshii-cho, Takasaki 370-2102 Gunma
Tel : +81-027-388-3131
Fax : +81-27-388-3115
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"Kiki Japanesque Modern" by Kimoto Glassware

"KIKI JAPANESQUE MODERN" By applying cut glass technique that dates back to the Edo period to traditional handicraft glassware each piece of work is produced by skillful craftsman with all their hearts.

"Edo-Kiriko"hand cut glassware
STRIPE SERIES "shot glass" "mini old- fashioned glass" "old- fashioned glass" and "tumber"

"Edo-Kiriko"hand cut glassware
RING SERIES "shot glass" "mini old- fashioned glass" "old- fashioned glass" and "tumber"

"Edo-Kiriko"hand cut glassware
TAMAICHIMATU SERIES "shot glass" "mini old- fashioned glass" "old- fashioned glass" and "tumber"

Person in charge : Ken Atsumi
Address : 2-18-17, Kojima, Taito-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Tel : +81-3-3851-9668
Fax : +81-3-3861-4712
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UMENODESIGN / Chemifelt Japan / Amanosikki

UMENODESIGN has produced a brand.
KyoSashimono (KEI) Kyoto.
Graphic insole (SOKO)Kagawa.
lacquerware (DEN)Takaoka .

It is a commodity that was born out of new ideas and technology in Japan.

KEI:Tea Canister/S
Sashimono is a generic term for traditional Japanese woodwork that is made by the bonding
of boards and sticks. Kyo-sashimono is a traditional handicrafts in Kyoto. It is characterized
by its intelligent and delicate design.
「KEI」is a design brand of Kyo-sashimono which evolved and adjust to modern life culture.
In Japan in the olden days when a daughter was born, parents planted a paulownia in the
garden and when she married, they made a chest of drawers which is made of paulownia as a
trousseau. It was traditional custom in Japan. However, this custom has faded now.
The project began on a theme in a new trousseau in the present age.
In this project, product designer Satoshi Umeno, he designed products and incorporated a
tradition characteristics of kyo-sashimono into a product as a design director. Also all the
production is handwork of the craftsmen.
paulownia is superior about "sistance against humidity, fireproof-related airtightness,
insecticide characteristics", and also it continues being used from the ancient times as a
cabinet. the paulownia is famous as the Japan's "lightest" wood.From now on "KEI" opens up
the possibility of modern Kyo-sashimono which is going to be used for a long time..

The graphic insole "SOKO"
SOKO stands for "Stylish,Original,Kindly and Odorless."
We invited Mr. Satoshi Umeno as a design director and founded
our own Japan made brand, "SOKO".
SOKO shows the skill of our own. We have been improving kneading
technique for 50 years, and so, our blending skill can make full use of
many kinds of materials.This cork insole makes you stylish and gives you
high-quality comfort inside your shoes . Cork is antibacterial and
odor-resistant.It is also eco-friendly since it is obtained without cutting
down trees and thus leadsto the conservation of the forest.

DEN:Old glass(A)
"DEN" , the brand name of our proud lacquerware applying Takaoka's traditional craft having lacquer and mother- of- pearl.
This project has been initiated with the theme that the traditional lacquer
technique familiar since ancient days should be recreated in the modern industrial arts.
Inviting design director Satoshi Umeno to our team, our technique has developed the production method keeping the taste of Takaoka's lacquerware
and furthermore our products are made of domestic woods and are finished by craftsmanユs careful handwork.
And Takaoka's unique technique of mother- of- pearl is focused too for production of glasswares.
Our brand "DEN" will continuously offer the wider range of modern lacquerwares which can be loved by everybody eternally.

Person in charge :
UMENODESIGN:Satoshi Umeno / SOKO:Hisashi Yoshida / DEN:Shinichi Amano
Address :
UMENODESIGN:2-30-11-2F Kitamagome Ota-ku Tokyo 143-0021 Japan
SOKO:2-12 Kyoumachi Tadotsucho Nakatado-gun Kagawa 764-0013 Japan
DEN:245 Haoka Takaoka City , Toyama 933 - 0958 Japan
Tel :
UMENODESIGN:'+81-3-6417-1336 / SOKO:'+81-877-32-3251 / DEN:'+81-766-23-2151
Fax :
UMENODESIGN:'+81-3-6417-1336 / SOKO:'+81-877-32-3253 / DEN:'+81-766-25-6150
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Hiyoshiya is a family-run business, established in Kyoto more than 100 years ago. Now in its fifth generation, Hiyoshiya is the only remaining manufacturer of traditional Japanese umbrellas in Kyoto. Our philosophy, tradition is the continuing process of innovation, reflects our mission: to create new and contemporary products using the time-honored techniques and materials developed for making our umbrellas.
When sunlight shines through an open Japanese umbrella (Wagasa), gently illuminating the washi paper and underlying bamboo frame, a warm atmosphere is produced. This is what inspired us to create the KOTORI collection.

With the movement of the frame,a single light can be configured and enjoyed various ways;with changes to the shape of the light come changes to its expression of light and shadow.As such,the shape of the light can be altered according to the time of day,or how the user spends their time. We've continued making umbrellas in Japan since the mid 1800s,and it is because of our detailed knowledge of umbrellas that we've been able to create this simple,highly mobile,airy light,a light that utilizes the framework of an umbrella in its design.

Person in charge : Kotaro Nishibori, Director
Address : 546 Dodo-cho, Kamigyo-ku, Kyoto 602-0072 Japan
Tel : +81-75-441-6644
Fax : +81-75-441-6645
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Contemporary Japanese Design
Producer Kotaro Nishibori

ATT:T.C.I. laboratory,LLC.182 Minami-hancho kamigyo-ku, Kyoto
602-0096 JAPAN
TEL : +81-90-2103-1062
FAX : +81-75-432-8751
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Contact in Milano, Italy
Stefania Tasce NIME studio via Voghera 4, Milano
T:+39-347-35 11 727
F:+39-02 45 47 4446