Blog/Time & Ceremony: Japanese Craftsmanship

This imposing black bed in recycled teak from Muubs is well-suited to a warehouse home or modern rustic residence. €1,883, Muubs


Japanese design is steeped in tradition, fusing local materials and ancient craftsmanship. From Shou Sugi Ban to Tankin, we take careful note of the finest highlights.

SHOU SUGI BAN | An ancient technique that preserves wood by charring it black with fire.

Left to right: Burnt wood wallpaper by Piet Hein Eek, £175, Rose & Grey; Eclipse III, from $11, 275, Materia Designs. Photography by Emma Tuccillo.


Left to right: Scorched Shake cabinet by Sebastian Cox, £4,600, The New Craftsmen; Pompeii side table, £199, Swoon Editions; Smoke Thonet chair, price upon request, Maarten Baas. Maarten Baas photography by Maarten van Houten.


TANKIN | The practice of using small handheld tools to hammer and create subtle textures in the surfaces of metal and wooden accessories.

Inspired by the traditional craft of Tankin, subtle textures are created on the surface of these designs. Spoon,  ¥3,800, Lamp, ¥14,000, Analogue Life


three homeware designs demonstrating the japanese craft of tankin

Left to right: Kyoto wooden hook, from €32, Bolia; Round L platter, ¥31,000; Plate S, ¥3,800, all Kanehan for Analogue Life; Copper kettle, ¥50,000, Yumi Nakamura for Analogue Life


KINTSUGI | The art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with gold, silver, or platinum. 

Left to right:Purchase a New Kintsugi Repair Kit by Humade and rather than throwing broken crockery away, create something beautiful to keep - like this, £25, Design Museum Shop; Nightsky Kintsugi vessels, from £137, Reiko Kaneko


Left to right: Tsukroi by Kazuyo Komoda for Maruyoshi Kosaka, €110, Hands On Design; Hamon (Ripple), £200, Naku To (Weeping Tower), £570, Rob Anderson Metal; Nightsky Kintsugi vessel, £137, Reiko Kaneko