Maruhiro Flagship Store

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Created by Tokyo based designer Yusuke Seki, the latest renovation of the flagship store for Japanese ceramic producer Maruhiro brings life to a centuries-old artistic discipline. Located in the Hasami region of Nagasaki, Japan, which is known for the signature tableware its been turning out since the early 17th century, Maruhiro has been given a highly conceptual update. The main focus lies on a central stacked platform made from nearly 25,000 locally sourced pieces of imperfect tableware, known as “Shinkikiji,” which were found to be flawed after the initial bisque-firing process. By repurposing these unwanted scraps, Seki’s stage represents “Monohara” – the disposal site for such fragments – in a powerful exploration of fragility and strength; the cooperation of each injured piece to create a stable whole pays just homage to the rich legacy of the industrial region.

Lizzie Wright

Lizzie

​Lizzie Wright is an aspiring artist and designer with a passion for the written word. While she works on her BFA in Industrial Design at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), she spends her (rare) spare time riding around Providence on her trusty Cannondale and drinking lots of coffee. She is especially fascinated by the dichotomy between aesthetic form and function, which has an immense influence on her work. As a lover of the natural world, Lizzie plans to focus on Nature, Culture, and Sustainability Studies to pursue a more efficient future for design. Read more by visiting her website

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