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KYO PROJECTMETI KANTO - Produce / organise / design coordination
The KYO Project was created to introduce Japanese makers to opportunities outside of their local audience, reinterpret traditional Japanese crafts and extend their reach to a larger international audience. As a result of developing technologies and changing lifestyle needs, many Japanese crafts that have been passed on for generations no longer serve their original purposes. Yet, the mass production of most modern-day commodities has also brought about renewed interest in Japanese furniture and lifestyle products for their quality and the technical skills required of the craftsmen who make those products.
12 craft makers from the Kanto region in Japan and four award-winning Singapore designers – Chris Lee (Asylum), Ministry of Design, WOHA and Takenouchi Webb – were invited to the KYO (共, which means ‘today’ and ‘co-‘ in Kanji) Project to collaborate in conceptualising and co-creating a series of furniture and lifestyle products that expand on the possibilities and applications of traditional Japanese crafts.