Tokyo design studio Nendo has collaborated with artisan wire netting company Kanaami-Tsuji to produce the Basket lamp, connecting traditional design elements with a new context and a contemporary audience.
Kanaami Tsuji is based in Kyoto, the historic capital of Japan where the nation’s traditional arts are actively celebrated and preserved. The company specializes in the meticulous hand production of wire netting used predominantly in traditional Japanese cooking utensils; with ladles, tea strainers and grills among their regular wares.
Nendo’s Basket lamp uses the visual appeal of Kanaami Tsuji’s handcrafted wire material as a delicate shade for the pendant light, with the revision of powder coating the copper wire in order to accentuate the detailed geometric patterns in the work.
Nendo design studio is the successful brainchild of Japanese-Canadian designer Oki Sato. Established in 2002, the award-winning practice is a globally renowned force in the design industry, with a wide range of products from quirky home wares and furniture, to eyewear and engaging one-off concept installations.
Their work has featured in many international collections, including New York’s Museum of Modern Art and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum. Sato’s ethos is to use design as a medium to elevate the user experience and enjoyment of everyday items.