The Lighted Lacquerware

As a collaboration between Japanese traditional lacquerware artist Wajima Kirimoto and Nihon Shokubai, a chemical manufacturing company based in Osaka, we developed “Yo-Kou”, a lighted lacquerware. It was a production made in the objective of enhancing Japanese craftsmanship and new technology.

Starting with Kirimoto saying: “I want to be able to see the moon’s light in my wares.”, the project was brought to Nihon Shokubai to start development. Using 0.07mm thick organic EL Film, the project was ultimately developed after multiple trial and error. The result is a product that “pushes the boundaries of thinness”, developed under with the spirit of Japanese craftsmanship.