Contemporary Japanese Design

New York

Contemporary Japanese Design 2017


Japan, Tradition and innovation.

The long passage of time has made for a unique history and culture here. Spring, summer, fall, winter, all transition distinctly; a culture of craftsmanship continuing for hundreds of years among this rich natural beauty.
Japan. Cutting-edge technology is born here. Innovation in the industries of electronics, automobiles, and robotics make Japan a world leader.
In the Metropolis of Tokyo, it is unbelievably advanced. Be it from the automated features of the city; the latest fashions, creations, and technologies; or pop culture including manga, one one cannot help but be filled with excitement and surprise.
In the ancient capital of Kyoto, surrounded by an amazing atmosphere that makes palpable tradition and culture, one finds himself moved. Hospitality; the face of the city that changes with the seasons; the beauty of a traditional cityscape centered around temples and shrines; and traditional arts, entertainment, and spirituality are all born of a seemingly eternal history.
The coexistence of tradition and innovation is one of Japan's unique points. It could be said that it forms Japan's identity.

The Contemporary Japanese Design Project.

We want to merge Japanese tradition and innovation and make more global and exciting creations. The Contemporary Japanese Design Project (CJD-P) was begun with this concept in mind. We gathered 19 companies; manufacturers and craftsmen with excellent proprietary techniques from various places around Japan. We built a wide network of experienced advisors and distributors from U.S.A, France and Germany. Under the conceptual banner of “tradition is continuing innovation,” the CJD-P started in 2015 as an international project with the support of the Japanese government.

Japanese craftsmen and manufacturers and the international advisors and designers all met in Japan and shared a variety of experiences and emotions. In February of 2017, after a full year of hard effort, the crystallization of this creative work will be unveiled in the worlds largest trade fair, New York NOW. We will introduce beautifully innovative and functional products, the likes of which have never been seen before.
Please have a look at the creativity and sure skill of the CJD-P Team.

New York

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Global collaboration
for global localization

Event Detail
Contemporary Japanese Design

Event Information
Javits Center, NYC
Booth #3930

Opening Date
5 - 7.2.2017: 9 am - 6 pm
8.2.2017: 9 am - 2 pm

Exhibitors Information

Asano Shouten Co., Ltd.
Designer: Elisabeth Vidal

Playing with memory of Edison’s bulb, Bablight is a portable and wireless lamp combining warm and natural materials, it can be used in many situations, on a bedside table, in a living room, for a tête à tête dinner, a child's bedroom,...
The marvelous technology of 3d foldable paper surfaces of the Asano company makes the Bablight a contemporary iconic object born from traditional high-end skills.

Person in charge: Toshikazu Fujita
Address: 2-25 Hon-machi Gifu-city Japan 500-8034
TEL: +81-58-265-3011
FAX: +81-58-262-1155

Kanekin Ogura Wood manufacturing
Designer: Elisabeth Vidal

By Kanekin, Ogura San manages the production process from the tree choice in the forest to the final turned object. Over many generations his family have been involved in both small as well as larger wood turned tableware. Kijibachi, a large food preparation bowl, one of the main Kanekin product has been the starting point of an exploration towards new possibilities of large diameter turned wood. Dondo's concept is built from dividing the plate into three equal pieces, From one singular magnificent turned piece, the outcome are three balancing fruit baskets. Dondo basket has a front and a back exposing the rich colors of fruits in front of a wooden scenery. The design is finished with natural or red urushi.

Person in charge: Hiroki Ogura
Address: 4689-108 Agatuma Nagiso-cho Kiso-gun Nagano Japan
TEL: +81-264-58-2021
FAX: +81-264-58-2637

Kinuya Co., Ltd.
BLUGARDEN/BLUMOON (take off IndigU by Kinuya)
Designer: Elisabeth Vidal

By Kinuya, Yamada San challenged indigo mastery by dying leather.
Last year we introduced IndigU textures, emphasizing the human gesture, the beauty of difference, the unicity into the indigo dyed leather. This project focuses on our neutral and generally technical office environments where IndigU leather expression, natural and vivid finds its own place.
Blugarden and Blumoon are conceived for nomadic work lifestyles and sharing desks. They are flat objects that are easy to carry in a briefcase, which then becomes three dimensional while adapting to their function. Blugarden lets you store your personal objects, while Blumoon is above all a business / visit card holder. Made of IndigU leather combined with shijira-ori textile from Tokushima, they enhance the beauty of shades that the Indigo dying leather process offers.

Person in charge: Akihiro Yamada
Address: 35-1 Terashima Honcho Nishi 2-chome Tokushima-shi Tokushima Japan
TEL: +81-88-622-1745
FAX: +81-88-622-0141
Website: |

Ohashi Ryoki Co., Ltd.
Cypress Flower Highrise
Designer: Matthew Waldman

Masu cypress cups are used for sake and celebrations in Japan for hundreds of years. Inspired by this, Matthew has created a centerpiece for any table – an architectural set of flower vases evoking the majestic heights the Japanese Hinoki grows and the skyline of Manhattan.
Most flower vases are glass or ceramic. Cypress is an unconventional and unique material to feature the beauty of every season.
No flowers? Use these containers to present silverware, chopsticks, utensils and napkins for a bold design statement. 

Person in charge: Emi Fujimoto
Address: 2-8 Nishisotogawacho Ogaki Gifu Japan 503-0908
TEL: +81-584-78-5468
FAX: +81-584-78-7614

Ryukobo Co., Ltd.
Tabletop Belltower
Designer: Matthew Waldman

Kumihimo is the ancient art of macrame cords used for centuries in Japanese fashion and interiors. Utilizing the hollow core of some weaves of kumihimo, Waldman designed a tabletop bell tower where the structural elements are dressed in kumihimo. Use it to start new traditions for your home – call your friends and family to dinner, or just leave by an open window to hear music with the wind.

Person in charge: Ryuta Fukuda
Address: 4-11 Nihonbashi Tomizawacho Chuo-ku Tokyo Japan 103-0006
TEL: +81-256-33-0384
FAX: +81-256-35-2826

Designer: Elisabeth Vidal

Once upon a time, in ancient Japan,  Taihaku and Keiwaku were the names given to Venus and Mars. While one planet represents the divinity of love and beauty, the other one represents the divinity of thunder and rain, both related to fertility, renaissance and regeneration. This object expressing male and female features, is made of two complementary fragrances. Its unique and mysterious shapes are connected by a natural linen rope. T&K is an object to carry, hang and share for daily body care.
Shaped by « tama », a delicate and spherical soap, Tamanohada core image carries a strong symbolic related to protection, continuity, energy, fluidity and pureness. T&K concept comes out of the desire to emphasize this tama expression in a new way.  T&K soaps are designed in the image of planets, presented in a box made of natural materials, making it perfect for gifting.

Person in charge: Chihaya Takeshita
Address: 3-8-12 Midori Sumida-ku Tokyo 130-0021
TEL: +81-3-3846-1892
FAX: +81-3-3634-1355

Tomita Senkougei Co., Ltd.
Designer: Wolf Wagner

Tomita has produced textiles in traditional screenprint technology for generations.
For Tomita, Wolf modified the method of printing, which gives each table cloth/table set a slightly individual character, but at the same time he maintains the important element of repetition associated with Japanese pattern. There are table cloths of different sizes and table sets, all made of cotton and featuring a new design BONAPP.

Person in charge: Atsushi Tomita
Address: 3-6-14 Nishiwaseda Shinkyuku-ku Tokyo 169-0051
TEL: +81-3-3987-0701
FAX: +81-3-6912-5614

Tsukamoto Co., Ltd.
Designer: Elisabeth Vidal

Shore is a round plate designed for Tsukamoto brand, presenting on its top an organic shaped high relief food frame border which might create some starting point to arrange the plate. The new combination of clay and glaze used by Tsukamoto underlines this food frame and its harmonious contrast with the outer geometric and circular shape. The plate is unglazed on its reverse enriching the tactility. The Tsukamoto brand, part of Mashiko-yaki School, is involved in Industrial Tourism by promoting their ancestral ceramic skills and ceramic innovation.

Person in charge: Yoshito Watanabe
Address: 4264 Mashiko Mashiko-cho Haga-gun Tochigi Japan 321-4217
TEL: +81-285-72-3223
FAX: +81-285-72-1139

CPD / Cyber Physical Display
Designer: Wolf Wagner

The Kihara brand from the Arita region is based on a long tradition of original Japanese porcelain manufacturing.
Wolf developed a new display for Kihara, which a hitherto not possible merchandise and brand experience in shops and at exhibitions. The display shows core brands of the brand from Arita, placing material and product at the forefront of the orchestration. An integrated tablet computer provides the story contents. The content conceived by Wolf and his team appear locally individually, which makes local physical/digital marketing possible in the trade for the first time. Wolf calls this new medium “Cyber Physical Display” or “CPD”. You will see more of it in the future. Visit

Person in charge: Koji Matsumoto
Address: 2351-169 Akasaka Arita-cho Nishimatsuura-gun Saga-pref Japan 844-0024
TEL: +81-955-43-2325
FAX: +81-955-43-2677

studio Chikufusha
Bamboo tray | Bamboo plate
Designer: Becca Abbe (package)

We are finishing bamboo trays that match modern life while making full use of the traditional technique of Beppu bamboo work.
Using Madake from Oita Prefecture, no painting, no coloring.

Person in charge: Kenichi Otani
Address: 2-4 Higasisoen Beppu Oita Japan 874-0836
TEL: +81-90-6694-6191
FAX: +81-977-73-8775

DAIKO Industrial Co., Ltd.
KUREDARU [cradle] + matching placemats
Designer: Matthew Waldman

The “KUREDARU [cradle]” is an innovative centerpiece for any table – a hand-woven bamboo mat set with natural tension across an elegant metal frame creates not just a striking form, but a natural way keep fruit fresh with natural airflow.

The bamboo placemats are created to be beautiful expressions of the ages old art of sudare, weaving natural fibers harvested locally and seasonally into useful statements of beauty and craft.

Person in charge: Takaharu Kotera
Address: 1736 Tanemachi Higashi-Omi-shi Shiga Japan 521-1212
TEL: +81 748-42-0205
FAX: +81 748-42-5781
Website: |

Daitou Shingu Kogyo Co., Ltd.
Kyoto Mensya Baby Blanket and Niginigi
Designer: Wolf Wagner

Every item in the collection is made by hand using traditional Japanese techniques and dyed with natural dyes and no bleaching or chemical processing. The results is super soft, all-natural babywear that will last long after our first steps.

Person in charge: Toshiyuki Ohigashi
Address: 66-2 Yamaden Shimomisu Yokoouji Fushimi-Ku Kyoto Japan 612-8238
TEL: +81-75-622-6245
FAX: +81-75-622-1337

ISUKE & Co., Ltd.
Designer: Wolf Wagner

The ISUKE brand is known for Urushi vessels and Urushi varnishes.
The vessels of the IMPRESSION series are given their own space by Wolf with their especially brilliant varnishes. The focus of Wolf's design for Isuke is directed inwards to intensify the focus on the beauty of the color.
The vessels can be used for different purposes – for example food, jewelry or odds and ends.
The lid is centrally viewable, which makes finding the contents easy – it can be grasped well without the need for further grip elements. The vessels are offered in three diameters: _-cm, __ cm and __cm.

Person in charge: Toshiyuki Okino
Address: 344 Kashiwaya-cho Shimogyo-ku Kyoto Japan 600-8066
TEL: +81-75-361-5281
FAX: +81-75-361-5285

Designer: Matthew Waldman

Kyoyaki, or the art of Kyoto style ceramics is a traditional craft that has maintained its beauty and contemporary even today. Matthew Waldman designed this beverage serving set initially inspired by sake serving vessels and the many forms of Kyoyaki to encompass any and all types of drinks, from Japanese sake to fine scotch. The form is as ergonomic as it is elegant and evokes the modern lines of evolving skylines.

Person in charge: Takayoshi Kumagai
Address: 1-4 Okanonishi-cho Kawata Yamashina-ku Kyoto Japan
TEL: +81-75-501-8083
FAX: +81-75-501-5876
Website: |

Rayson Co., Ltd.
Designer: Wolf Wagner

The traditional interior light of Japan is made of washi, stretched on a rectangular frame. With the FRAME design, Wolf reinterprets the traditional Japanese luminaire design.The new form is opened to give the washi's individuality and beauty full attention from all sides and to obtain a higher light output.
The washi is attached to FRAME on separate wire frames. The frames are connected by the user with compact plastic clips. This makes FRAME compact and easy and efficient to distribute.
The locally available E27 mountings and illuminants are suitable as light fixtures for FRAME. Frame will be offered as ceiling lamp and floor lamp.

Person in charge: Mitsuo Shimazu
Address: K&C Plaza 4F Hatsuta19-3 Terado-cho Muko-shi Kyoto Japan 617-0002
TEL: +81-75-662-2166
FAX: +81-75-662-2177

Paper World Corp.
Layerboard Box
Designer: Becca Abbe

Layerboard Box has two unique features to note: First is beautiful 90 degree corners. A cut in ""v"" shape inside makes it possible to get this sharp clean look. Second is board paper with layers of different colors. It's also possible to keep all the layers in a singular color.
The Layerboard Boxes made in Japan are known for their precision. Perfect for customized gift boxes as well.

Person in charge: Yu Julia Iwasaki
Address: Tokyo: 3-21 Chiyoda Platform Square1116 Kandanishikicho Chiyoda ward Tokyo 101-0054
Osaka: 3-4-4 Uchikyuhoji cho Chuo ward Osakashi Osaka 540-0013
TEL: +81-80-6180-4453
FAX: +81-6-6937-5515
Website: Corporate website:
Paper Design brand:

Igusa Collection
Designer: Becca Abbe (package)

The igusa reed (Juncus effusus) is the raw material for tatami mats, well known to all Japanese. Igusa reeds are slightly pliable, so that they give and are safe when children fall over. In addition, they maintain a comfortable atmosphere in a room by absorbing carbon dioxide and humidity, and acting as heat insulators. They muffle and insulate against noise but also its calming scent of natural plant material creates an effect of being in the woods.
Recently, a large quantity of Chinese-made igusa has been imported into Japan. However, because there are persisting problems from the agricultural chemicals used in its cultivation, there is no real confidence in its safety. On the other hand, Soejima Isao Shoten, by using domestic igusa and by maintaining consistent control over production, has earned a high level of trust within Japan.

Person in charge: Akira Soejima
Address: 23-1 Nakakimuro Okawa city, Fukuoka-pre. Japan Zip:831-0014
TEL: +81-944-88-1141
FAX: +81-944-88-1503

Yamagami Shouten Co., Ltd
50/50 Lamp
Designer: Becca Abbe

This table lamp is made of Arimatsu Narumi shibori which is traditional craft of Japan.
After dyeing the fabric, we solidified the fabric with resin.
We developed a light and easy-to-use shade without frame.

Person in charge: Mr.yamagami
Address: 3573 Arimatsu Green Area of Nagoya City
TEL: +81-52-623-2186
FAX: +81-52-623-2100

Yoshiha-Yohey Co.,ltd
NAOKO Coaster
Designer: Wolf Wagner

For YOHEY, one of the leading manufacturers of traditional tea ceremony items, Wolf has designed coasters. These coasters allow the teapots of Yoshiha Yohey to be combined with western table culture. In addition, the cast metal coasters can also be used with other teapots. The coasters are available in two sizes.

Person in charge: Masato Yoshiha
Address: 3 Nishi-Goryo Cho Higashi-Kujyo Minami-ku Kyoto Japan 601-8042
TEL: +81-75-661-0448
FAX: +81-75-671-5786

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