Tohoku Project 2024 

Michael Young x CraftxTech

Tohoku Project 2024 

Craft x Tech

Participating Artists/Designers: Sabine Marcelis, Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves (Studio SWINE), Ini Archibong, Yoichi Ochiai, Hideki Yoshimoto, and Michael Young. Curated by Maria Cristina Didero

Michael Young participated in the Craft x Tech Tohoku Project 2024 in Tokyo, Japan last month from 24 May – 25 May at Kudan House. The initiative of the exhibition is to unify traditional Japanese craft and contemporary technology.

‘Blossom Links’ – Combining identical iron modules through precise calculations creates tables of various sizes and wall-mounted pieces. Its structural system was developed when the designer revisited modularity studies he conducted decades ago, approaching them with fresh eyes and exploring the functional structure within mathematical limitations. The modules are adorned with traditional cherry blossom and unique geometric patterns, realized with 3D printing technology.

Craft x Tech is a new initiative to bridge the gap between traditional Japanese craft and contemporary ideas and technologies. The goal is to explore the beautiful materials and techniques of crafts from both historical and future perspectives, and to bring new discoveries to traditional crafts that have a history of hundreds of years. To curate collaborations that transcend time and borders to create unique art pieces that communicate new aspects of Japanese culture in the world’s top art and design scene.

The craft-producing districts for the inaugural edition of Craft x Tech are from the six prefectures of the Tohoku (north-east) region of Japan. The participating craftspeople are producers of Tsugaru-Nuri lacquerware (from Aomori prefecture), Kawatsura-Shikki lacquerware (from Akita prefecture), Nambu-Tekki ironware (from Iwate prefecture), Sendai-Tansu cabinet making (from Miyagi prefecture), Oitama-Tsumugi textile (from Yamagata prefecture) and Aizu-Hongo-Yaki pottery (from Fukushima prefecture).

The designers who are collaborating with these master crafts producers are Sabine Marcelis, Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves (Studio SWINE), Ini Archibong, Yoichi Ochiai, Hideki Yoshimoto, and Michael Young. Maria Cristina Didero joins as curational director.

Craft x Tech‘s inaugural edition ‘Craft X Tech Tohoku Project 2024’ marks its international debut at this year’s Design Miami/Basel Curio Program!

“Blossom Links” by Michael Young x Craft x Tech and 5 other collaboration works between international creators and traditional crafts from the Tohoku region in Japan are exhibited.

Design Miami / Basel, Switzerland

PREVIEW DAY *By Invitation Only
Mon, Jun 10
Collectors Preview: 12pm – 6pm
VIP Preview: 6pm – 8pm

Tue, Jun 11 & Wed, Jun 12: 10am – 7pm Thur, Jun 13 – Sat, Jun 15: 11am – 7pm
Sun, Jun 16: 11am-6pm

Booth C|02
Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel, Switzerland

Photo credit: Shuhei Watanabe @shuhei0326

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