Zogan Decorative dishware by Yoshiaki Ito

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Zogan

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Decorative dishware

INSPIRATION:
In designing Zogan "Embedded Ware" dishes, I wanted to combine traditional Japanese design techniques with the sleek, contemporary sensibility I've acquired working in Brooklyn design studios. I also wanted to mirror this hybrid of design techniques and sensibilities with the merger of unexpected materials to create visually striking, and diversely functional dishware.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Elegant porcelain or enamel geometries embedded in durable, dark walnut provide a look that stands out in TAMEN's Zogan "Embedded Ware" dishes. The challenging combination of these seemingly discordant materials unexpectedly emerges in perfect harmony in Zogan's dishware, which is both functional and exquisitely decorative.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Beautiful decorative objects as such, the Zogan decanter and cup can also be used as an elegant service for sake, wine, or water. Zogan's sleek trays and bowl are suitable and safe for food service and can be used for the striking presentation of hors d'oeuvres; or as an eye-catching centerpiece on a dining room table or sideboard. The extremely durable enamel coating on the trays also makes them apt for daily use as dresser top valets for coins and keys.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
Design of Zogan dishware started in 2016 in Yoshiaki Ito Studio in Brooklyn, then I traveled to Japan in 2017 where techniques for the craftsmanship of porcelain and enameled stainless steel were refined with artisans in Seto, Aichi, and Tsubame. Another trip to Niigata in 2018 was made to find the solution of resin-impregnated walnut which bonds with the other materials without warping. In late 2018, the project was finally concluded and made ready for sales in elegant custom-made wooden boxes.

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Furniture, Decorative Items and Homeware Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Slip- and pressure-cast porcelain is hand-finished by Japanese craftsmen leaving no visible seams, then bonded with high-grade, heat- and water-resistant adhesive to a dark walnut that has been saturated with resin to prevent warping. In the case of the trays, the same resin-impregnated walnut is bonded to laser-cut stainless steel coated with a high-endurance enamel that is far more resistant to nicks and scratches than powder coating.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Bowl: W125mm x D120mm x H40mm Tray S: W250mm x D100mm x H15mm Tray L: W350mm x D140mm x H20mm Decanter/Vase: W60mm xD67mm x H200mm Cup: 65mm x 65mm x 75mm Each piece of Zogan decorative dishware arrives wrapped in cloth and packed in a custom-made box crafted in wood from princess tree, known in Japan as Kiri where it is traditionally used for high-end gift boxes.

TAGS:
porcelain, wood, dishware, enamel, Japanese, walnut, sake, tray, pitcher, minimal

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
I studied traditional Japanese dishware design seeking an unusual combination of materials. As it was unheard of to bond porcelain to walnut, I had to develop new reliable techniques. The research was conducted through direct interaction with experienced craftsmen in porcelain and enamel in Japan. Finding a hardwood that would not warp and separate from the porcelain or enamel was the final challenge. The innovation of using a resin-impregnated walnut was the result of trial and error.

CHALLENGE:
The fusion of walnut and porcelain employs innovative craftsmanship resulting in a clean design that belies the challenges entailed in uniting these materials. Making precise geometrically shaped porcelain ware is very difficult. Because the porcelain must be fired in extreme heat (1200 to 1400 degrees C) to properly bond, pieces often shrink and warp. Finding a porcelain manufacturer to create consistent, precise shapes and identifying resin-impregnated walnut were the two greatest challenges.

ADDED DATE:
2019-02-15 15:48:02

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Yoshiaki Ito

IMAGE CREDITS:
Yoshiaki Ito, 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
TAMEN

PROFILE:
Yoshiaki Ito, a Brooklyn-based designer, and craftsman worked for seven years in David Weeks Studio designing world-renowned products like Cubebot, before founding his own design firm TAMEN. TAMEN is dedicated to creating versatile pieces inspired by the many facets of life, each with its own story and the ability to adapt to various occasions and scenarios. Each object design comes to fruition in collaboration with craftsman in Japan. TAMEN’s elegant designs are limitless in their mutability, suiting and creating different moods.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Zogan Decorative Dishware by Yoshiaki Ito is a Nominee in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Zogan Decorative Dishware by Yoshiaki Ito is Winner in Bakeware, Tableware, Drinkware and Cookware Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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