Air Vase Artist Series: KIKU
A family run print company in Tachikawa, in the western part Tokyo, Fukunaga Print Co. set off in a new direction in 2006. Their Kami no Kosakujo (Paper Workshop) project launched in this year, sought to pair their skills with imagination from Japan’s community of great designers. The Air Vase range is a successful outcome of this project, with the print company’s ability to work with paper matched to the structural imagination of the Torafu Architect’s studio.
With a strength that belie their material, the spiral vases hint to the traditional function of paper in Japanese house construction. Unique items, they are also collectable, with some of Japan’s leading artists and designers supplying patterns to adorn them. They can be used in presentation, decoration or as far as the imagination allows.
The KIKU series features motifs by the graphic designer Masayoshi Nakayo. Responsible for many classic images in postwar Japanese graphic design, Nakajo’s concept of KIKU here is one of pleasure, like a chrysanthemum flower in bloom, or fireworks exploding into the night sky.
The pack contains two reversible air vase 193mm in diameter. The package size is 200mm by 200mm.