Jo Nagasaka’s Udukuri is named after the Japanese hand-carving technique used on the Douglas Fir tabletop, which is then covered with bright epoxy resin, to create a strikingly different approach to a minimal design. When light hits the resin table top the coloured pigment appears to glow enhancing the polished surface which has a liquid reflective quality.
The grain of the douglas fir table top is hand carved to create an uneven feature surface (an artisan technique known as Udukuri). Brightly coloured epoxy resin treatments are then applied to the surface, creating an elegant, smooth finish that transforms the table. The naturally occurring pattern of the wood grain is cleverly enhanced, the deeper the carving, the stronger the colour appears. Udukuri shows the talent of Nagasaka in creating avant-garde furniture whilst maintaining a purposeful, Japanese minimalist style.
Jo Nagasaka founded his own firm in Tokyo, Studio Schemata Architecture, in 1998 after graduating with an Architecture degree from Tokyo Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music. Nagasaka’s works show an interest in finding modern solutions for tired, found objects through pioneering innovative re-purposing techniques. His projects range from large-scale installations, interactive interior environments to smaller-scale products. In 2007, Nagasaka won second prize in the Bauhaus award for ‘Sayama Flat’ – a ground breaking renovation project in Japan. Another acclaimed project from Jo Nagasaka is the Happa Hotel, an exhibition which shows a new type of hotel in a mixed-use gallery. It hosted a multiple shopping spaces, a bookstore, a café, and Happa art work by Shinya Aota within the hotel for a new type of hospitality.