Udukuri creates a simple yet modern table for the home by utilising traditional Japanese techniques.
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.