Kotaro Hyoshiya, Japan.
- Purpose of the design/design concept
One of the reasonings behind this object was to keep with traditions of the umbrella, relieving it from the depleting market and infusing it within the contemporary context of todays modern times.
- Interesting aspect about the design/process
Kotaro identified 3 main elements of the traditional Japanese umbrella:
- a bamboo frame
- a folding mechanism
- the warm atmosphere created when light shines through the Washi paper.
He then re-purposed this and used the exact same materials and techniques that has been mastered throughout centuries to create his line of products.
- Why you like it
One of the main reasons why I like this product is due to the fact that it not only looks beautiful aesthetically, but both expresses deeper meaning and extends centuries worth of knowledge through his design. This continuity between the generations is probably why I like it so much, as it is a vital part of human evolution and development