Boxes… they come in various shapes, textures, colors and materials. We use boxes in large and small scales on a daily basis – to transport our lunches, to offer gifts, and to organize all sorts of items from stationary to reading glasses. There is a fascinating quality to boxes because of the mystery of what they contain or the potential of what they can hold. The thrill of discovering the purpose of a box or what is inside of it is what interests us the most.
In preparation for NYCxDESIGN week, we’ve been busy bringing together a selection of finely crafted containers from Japan for our upcoming group exhibition entitled, In Boxes. Amongst some of the objects on display will be glass display cases, ceramic jewelry boxes, and a collection of bento boxes. We are also delighted to announce the inclusion of a rare collection of wood business card holders by the renowned Hokkaido craftsman, Norio Tanno. These pieces are amongst some of his last works before he recently retired, passing down his skills to his son Masakage Tanno.
Every object featured in the exhibition will have a very specific usage but are all connected by the fact that they are in essence used as a container. It is our hopes that viewers will quickly realize that they are not just a box!
View a recap of the event here.