Japanese studio Nendo has redesigned the humble chopstick, generating 6 new versions such as one with a profile that seems to be like a flower (+ slideshow).
Nendo collaborated with a standard producer of lacquered chopsticks from the town of Obama in Japan’s Fukui Prefecture to make a range of contemporary types that supply novel twists on the fashion, materials and performance of the ubiquitous merchandise.
“Obama’s lacquered chopsticks have been recognised as the hardest and most stunning of Japanese lacquer chopsticks because the seventeenth century, when they grew to become recognized as ‘Wakasa-nuri’,” said the designers.
“We created new chopsticks in collaboration with Hashikura Matsukan, a producer who continues Obama’s classic manufacturing strategies these days.”
The Hanataba chopsticks feature grooves in the broader end that boost the surface spot and boost grip. The grooves develop a shape on the end that resembles a flower and can be painted various colours.
The tips of the Jikaoki chopsticks are carved to a thin point so they keep away from touching the surface when placed on the table.
Alternatively of applying pattern to the surface of the chopsticks, the Sukima design generates the shape of taking part in card fits in a gap amongst the sticks.
The wood is carved into various shapes that produce the damaging kind of hearts, clubs, diamonds and spades when the sticks are positioned up coming to every other. An aluminium core is embedded inside the wood to compensate for the weakness produced by the carving.
A gap in one particular side of the square-shaped Kamiai chopsticks permits the two pieces to snap collectively when not in use.
Magnets placed on the outdoors of the sticks hold them in area but quit them sticking with each other although eating.
The traditional udukuri approach of carving away the surface of wood with a wire brush to reveal the grain, lacquering them and polishing them yet again to present the lacquer embedded in the grain was employed to generate a set of chopsticks with the very same identify.
A basic twist carved into the finish of the Rassen chopsticks, made employing a combination of a computer-managed milling machine and handcrafted processes, permits the two pieces to slot collectively as a single piece.
All of the designs will be offered solely at Seibu departments stores in Japan from spring 2014.
Photography is by Akihiro Yoshida.
Here are some more information about the project from Nendo:
New chopsticks for Hashikura Matsukan who continues standard manufacturing strategies acknowledged as “Wakasa-nuri”
For four centuries, the town of Obama in Fukui Prefecture, Japan, has manufactured lacquered chopsticks. Obama’s lacquered chopsticks have been recognised as the hardest and most lovely of Japanese lacquer chopsticks considering that the seventeenth century, when they became recognized as ‘Wakasa-nuri’. We developed new chopsticks in collaboration with Hashikura Matsukan, a manufacturer who continues Obama’s standard manufacturing methods today.
Round chopsticks are slippery to use, but overly square-cornered ones aren’t as comfy to hold. We explored methods of growing the surface spot of chopsticks in the hand, as a way of strengthening holding comfort, and found the normal kind of the pleated cross-part.
When viewed as a cross-segment, the chopsticks seem like flowers, so a bunch of chopsticks kept with each other into a cup turns into a ‘bouquet’.
The firm’s professional artisans cautiously carved away the chopsticks’ ideas to fine points, so that they float over the tabletop when the chopsticks are laid down for cleanliness, even without chopstick rests.
The world is total of patterned chopsticks, so we wondered if it would not be attainable to produce pattern in the area in between the chopsticks. We came up with 4 patterns: hearts, diamonds, clubs and spades. The two chopsticks are carved into diverse shapes for all patterns but the diamonds, but it’s feasible to use 1 of the diamond chopsticks as the best chopstick with a spade, or the bottom chopstick with a heart, for a total of four diverse patterns from the 4 diverse chopstick pairs.
The carving created the chopsticks so thin that they weren’t sturdy ample with wood alone, so we embedded a carved aluminum core in the wood to remedy the dilemma.
We put a gap on a single of the four sides of the square shaped chopstick,and embedded a magnet, so that the two would snap with each other in one piece when they are flipped and fitted to every other.
We positioned the magnets in direction of the outside of each and every chopstick, so that the chopsticks don’t come with each other accidentally while an individual is making use of them to consume.
We used the udukuri process, in which the wood surface is carved away with a metal brush, leaving only the challenging wood grain, then lacquered the chopsticks and polished them again to carry out the wood grain as pattern.
The conventional technique, in which components clamshells, eggshells and gold leaf are utilized with the lacquer then polished away to reveal a pattern is identified as ‘togidashi’ (actually ‘to polish and show’), and is particular to Wakasa-nuri. Not like patterns drawn by hand, this mixture of processes enables patterns from nature to appear organically.
Chopsticks ordinarily come in pairs, but the rassen chopsticks are a single unit.
They are separated into two for consuming, then rejoined into a single type when not in use. We utilized the artisans’ hand abilities and a multi-axis CNC miller to generate these uncommon chopsticks.