Much of the distinction between the applied and the design arts break down when looking at the wood works by one of Japan’s most renown contemporary artisans, Ryuji Mitani. With the intention of creating pieces that seamlessly integrate into our everyday lives, Ryuji Mitani uses a combination of traditional carving, chiseling and lacquering to transform solid wood into functional tableware items for the needs of modern day living.
The exhibition is organized in sections that focus on the artisan’s carved solid wood tableware items such as bowls, trays, plates and drinking vessels, to his works that incorporate lacquer in painterly black, white and hazy strokes. A rarely seen collection of small painted wood brooches has also been organized. They exemplify Ryuji Mitani’s earliest works as a younger wood artisan, before he went on to solidify his status as a pioneer of the Seikatsu Kougei movement of Japan. Additionally, a Ryuji Mitani x Nalata Nalata collaboration piece will be revealed on opening night.
The opening reception will be held on October 20th. Refreshments provided by Momofuku KO. Music provided by Paul Lewis.
Read a guest Journal entry written by Ryuji Mitani about the concept of Blurring Boundaries and preview the collection here.
View a recap of the event here.