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a project for the next generation of talented Japanese creators. It's about to cause a sensation in the world. The bud is ready to bloom beautifully. The world is looking forward to a new Japanese design. a project for the next generation of talented Japanese creators. It's about to cause a sensation in the world. The bud is ready to bloom beautifully. The world is looking forward to a new Japanese design.

Now, more than ever,
information is overflowing.

Now, more than ever,
information is overflowing.

So much so, that is hard to know what is real and what is not. With the spread of the Internet, worldwide information is easily obtainable but so much of it is unchecked. Excellent talent is being buried and many people are not even aware of its existence. So, where can the world learn of the designs and ideas of young creators? There need to be more opportunities not just nationally but worldwide for Japanese to show their talents, not only through the diversely spread Internet but also in the flesh.

Japanese creators sending their
"outside the box" designs
to the world!

Japanese creators sending their
"outside the box" designs
to the world!

Sending Japanese designs to the world and being able to experience world designs in person. Bud brand is the project which will allow this to happen for the next generation of budding Japanese creators. The setting is the world's largest interior trade fair (Milano Design Week) held in April every year in Milano, Italy. During this time in Milano, people visiting from all over the world will be able to directly feel the creators' free ideas and expression within their Japanese designs. More than anything, the creators themselves will be able to experience in person worldwide designs in the city of Milano. The stimulation and new world outlook they gain will surely influence the future of Japanese design culture. Budbrand hopes those who participate can learn from this experience of being on the world stage and each bud will bloom forth as a beautiful flower. Our goal is to work towards a better tomorrow.

It is the world's largest interior trade fair held in April every year. During the fair, there are about 200 exhibiting companies and more than 300 thousand visitors. At the main venue, the world's top creators display their latest designs. At this time, the whole city of Milano becomes the venue, and the city is alive with an abundance of designs. The surrounding area of the main venue is called “Out of SALONE” and regardless of it being an interior fair, there is no genre, concept or limit here. Any idea and display is acceptable. The booth for Bud brand is planned to be in the open space “Super Studio” which is located in the Tortona district. There are more than 100 thousand visitors every year to Tortona which is the most visitors after the main venue. The name of the event is SUPER DESIGN SHOW. This year, “white page” is the theme so the venue will be predominantly in white.

SUPER DESIGN SHOW

Exhibited works last year



Aizu Flat

Lacquerware

Aizu flat is the lunch plate with “Hana-nuri coating”, which is a lacquering technique unique to Aizu tableware. Our skillful coating-master Mr. Furukawa Katsunori uses this “Hana-nuri” technique and creates a mirror-like surface without polishing it. To accentuate its black mirror beauty from the Hana-nuri surface, Aizu flat keeps the formation simple. By using the deep-black 24cm square plate as its primary piece, you can add other plates of; different sizes, heights, colors, and materials. A couple of plates put together would be used as a personal plate, and all ten plates put together can be used as a party plate. If you fill the table with more plates, it would be one gigantic plate where you would not be able to differentiate the line between yours and theirs. Find ways to enjoy the plate according to the menu and company.
In Japan, lacquered tableware is traditionally used at New Year’s and for celebration banquets. Aizu flat will make a nice addition to create the table more colorful and lift your spirit up on these special occasions.

Designer
 Tetsuji Kobayashi
Craftsman
 Katsunori Furukawa
  •  Kanae Kataoka
  •  Akira Aramaki
  •  Seiji Hirano
  •  Daisuke Shibao
  •  Yurika Yoshiyama
  •  Takayoshi Kuga
Designer
 Tetsuji Kobayashi
Craftsman
 Katsunori Furukawa
  •  Kanae Kataoka
  •  Akira Aramaki
  •  Seiji Hirano
  •  Daisuke Shibao
  •  Yurika Yoshiyama
  •  Takayoshi Kuga

Design room
Hitonochikara
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The things we can make by combining our strengths are beautiful, interesting and precious.
What is the best way of combining these strengths?
What is your special talent?
Design room Hitonochikara – a design group that gives form to the strengths coming from people.

Furukawa Lacquer crafts

Tradizione e Innovazione - Tradition and Innovation -
Aizu lacquerware, which has a history of over 400 years is one of traditional Japanese crafts. Furukawa Lacquerware Crafts has made Aizu lacquerware over 70 years in Aizu Wakamatsu, Fukushima. Mr. Furukawa Katsunori uses ‘Hana-nuri coating’, which is a skillful lacquering technique to Aizu tableware. He is registered as a Japanese traditional craftsman in 2006. He preserves a Japanese tradition to next generations.

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Iroha

Toy

This wooden toy was created in the hopes that a newborn child will grow up strong and healthy like a mighty tree, and learn to build a colorful future. In the Spring, we celebrate children’s growth with Sakura/Cherry blossoms. Use your imagination and make this family tree unique with different color leaves for each and every season. Just like a seed becomes a tree, by creating new seeds, hopefully this toy will be passed from one generation to next and keep your family colorful.

Designer
 Hitomi Takahara
Designer
 Hitomi Takahara

Shizuoka Professional Training
college of design

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“Make a living doing what you love”
What things our students can make is something to vitalize the community. What objects our students can make is something to use our tradition and latest technology. Our students become professional designers through learning designs and those projects. We hope our students will vitalize the community with the power of design.

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HIBITSUGI

Cutting board

In our lives, we have good times and bad times.
And, there is nothing wasted about our lives that everything is meaningful to keep continue something.
‘HIBI’ means crack and daily life in Japan. By taking care of ‘HIBI’ and thinking out of ‘HIBI’, it will establish a new relationship. We propose a product handed down from generation to generation by joining such a ‘HIBI’.

In Japan, there is a technique ‘repairing for good’ called ‘kintsugi’, old Japanese art form of repairing broken ceramics in a way that is often considered more beautiful than when it was whole. ‘kintsugi’ is not only the technique, but also a true celebration of traditional Japanese beauty, the aesthetic of broken, old or disregarded. Thus, it is considered that ‘kintsugi’ is very congratulatory gift because pieces are stuck together and won’t come apart. A design of ‘HIBITSUGI’ take advantage of such ‘kintsugi’, and it is a product with the aesthetic and technique of Japanese tradition. We hope ‘HIBITSUGI’ will expand the utilizing and expectation of wood with beautiful technique and value, and be enjoyed for a long life.

Craftsman
 Yuki Sakaguchi
Designer
 Yuya Kitani
  • Master of Kintsugi
  •  Tomoko Komatsu
Craftsman
 Yuki Sakaguchi
Designer
 Yuya Kitani
  • Master of Kintsugi
  •  Tomoko Komatsu

WONDERWOOD
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We are proud of our craftsmanship to choose right materials, shapes and finishing, like everything happens for reasons. We create good products based on ‘the right wood for the right way’ by using both traditional techniques and latest techniques. Our mission is to share the wonder and impression of woods in the right way. Experience the power of nature through our projects.

FANFARE Co., Ltd.
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From ideas aimed at extending possibilities to their utmost limit, we create essential value in various directions and generate synergies from every point of view. We are a creative company that gives shape to an abundance of concepts and objects through that power of imagination and creativity.

mokka

Dish

Sending someone a gift for a newly built house means wishing someone’s new home be filled with joy and happiness. So, the gift should be considerate of one’s family life.
Thinking about tea time in holiday, for example, this product was created with a wish of taking a breather with family in holiday.
This wooden tableware called “mokka” brings out the best in the ingredients of wood used to make it.
with simple wooden plates and wooden cutleries. After putting simple wooden plates and wooden cutleries on a base, it will be a formative like a flower. Such a sending flower to someone, “mokka” will suitable for a gift. The wood characteristic is comfortable to be used across generations because it will get beautifully aged as time advances.
Thus, “mokka” will be epitome of a newly house that it will getting age with family history.

Craftsman
 Takashi Oguri
 Kumiko Oguri
Designer
 Takashi Oguri
 Kumiko Oguri

HALF MOON FURNITURE
WORKSHOP
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A custom-made furniture workshop in Yokohama.
We believe the art of making things is born out of dialogue with people, and each thing that’s been made has its own story. The day-to-day practice of our craft is based on the belief that things that have a story can make everyday life a little richer.

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meta-bonsai

Home accessory

‘Bonsai’ is the traditional Japanese art of creating and contemplating miniature natural landscapes in pots using trees. Recently, ‘Bonsai’ has win admire around the world as a cool Japanese hobby.
A ‘Bonsai’ work is never complete, because the living plants it is composed of are continually growing. That is why ‘Bonsai’ is an intricate art.

This object called ‘meta-bonsai’ represents ‘Bonsai’ and a Japanese traditional pattern ‘haze’ as a motif of the coming of spring. The world view of ‘meta-bonsai’ will develop when swinging the branch of ‘meta-bonsai’ and decorating ornaments of ‘leaves’ and ‘nuts’ for the branch.

‘Leaves’ will bring a change to vista by catching sunlight and wind.
‘Nuts’ will make a brilliant appearance and give off a healing scent.
Japanese pinecone is considered a good luck because of their long lives, evergreen and symbol of love.
‘Meta-bonsai’ uses ‘Bonsai’ of pinecone as a motif. It will make good lucks and fresh sceneries to sufficient space around tables, shelves, windows or entrances.

Designer
 Yuya Kitani
Craftsman
 Tomoya Tanaka
Craftsman
 Tadashi Tozaki
  •  Takeshi Ito
Designer
 Yuya Kitani
Craftsman
 Tomoya Tanaka
Craftsman
 Tadashi Tozaki
  •  Takeshi Ito

FANFARE Co., Ltd.
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From ideas aimed at extending possibilities to their utmost limit, we create essential value in various directions and generate synergies from every point of view. We are a creative company that gives shape to an abundance of concepts and objects through that power of imagination and creativity.

RILNO
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To find a new value for life style, our well-honed expertise and inspiration makes customer’s ideals possible. That’s the RILNO vision, the one that we will continue to follow our well-honed expertise and inspiration as the finest craftsmanship.

TZK blacksmith works
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We have been established as a blacksmith and made products since over 120 years.
Tadashi Tozaki, who is 6th-generation president aim to make a ‘new value’ fusion of our traditions and latest techniques.

tsunagari no Utsuwa

Connecting Tableware

Tableware that reminds us of the connection of being with each other on special occasions, so your daily routine won’t take away the magic of being together. All parts, put together as one, represents “two of you = one family.”
In Japan, the diamond shape is often used at celebratory events. It symbolizes family prosperity, good health and safety. In this hope, “tsunagari no Utsuwa” was created as a wedding gift.

Designer
 Mana Fukasawa
Designer
 Mana Fukasawa

Tokyo Polytechnic University is a pioneer in combining self-expression through photography with photographic techniques(technology). We will continue to globalize our students by teaching both media art and technology.

Toyodamokkojo
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We make Kanuma Kumiko in woodworking town Kanuma. Kanuma Kumiko is used in joiner, coaster, container and so on. We will keep challenging to create new product that brings together traditional and latest techniques.

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RHOMBUS

Japanese sake container

In Japan, rhombus shape has been used as a congratulatory shape since ancient times. In addition, the shape is used for family crests, it is extremely an intimate geometric pattern in Japan.
This Japanese sake container called "RHOMBUS" is made of rhombus shape roofing tiles from Mikawa, and using ‘ONIGAWARA’ technique. It seems to be odd containers. Because of that shape, however, the container is functional to pour some drinks easily. When added some "RHOMBUS" put together as one in a line or stack them, it will be one big multifaceted objects.
Thus, "RHOMBUS" is not only single-object but also multi-object because it has a graphical surface and stereographic as a sculpture and architecture.
"RHOMBUS" is a product, which can be used comfortably. Even after celebrations, it can be decorated in various places and it will remind of celebratory events.

Designer
 Tasuku Nishiwaki
Designer
 Omae Yosuke
Craftsman
 Yoshitaka Kato
Designer
 Yuya Kitani
Craftsman
 Hiroki Sakaguchi

LINEs AND ANGLEs
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Tasuku Nishiwaki is a chief designer of LINEs AND ANGLEs, which is a creative studio designing about interior, product and graphic.

MARUICHI
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MARUICHI Co. creates Japanese gargoyles for shrines, temples and houses. We have put our hearts and souls into making the best ‘ONIGAWARA’ since 1926. We keep challenging more innovative craftsmanship with traditional technique ‘ONIGAWARA’.

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Katen

Single flower vase

In Japan, “Mizuhiki” (a ceremonial paper string used to tie presents) is often used to mark special occasions.
By tying “Mizuhiki” around a single flower vase, “Katen”, an image of Japanese celebration is expressed.
When swinging the neck of the flower vase up and down or rolling it, “Katen” change the shape according to flower.
In that way, “Katen” was created to accentuate the beauty of a flower like a flower wearing a dress.

Designer
 Yuki Hinokuma
Designer
 Yuki Hinokuma

FUKUOKA
DESIGN SCHOOL
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We aim to uncover and activate the latent skills of each student, and through design, we cultivate the ability to take on various social issues, link people and society and create social value. Determined to realize that goal, we place immense value on being a creative environment where challenges are constantly embraced.

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LEATHER UMBRELLA

Umbrella

In Japan, umbrellas are sometimes used to mark important milestones in our lives. At wedding ceremonies, the traditional scene of “couple’s sharing one umbrella” can often be seen. Umbrellas represent protection from troubles. There are words to cerebrate certain stages of long life such as when turning 80 years old, “San-ju” (Umbrella anniversary). 80 years old is close to the average lifespan in Japan, making it is a happy occasion.

Umbrellas often carry important meanings. The wide round shape suggests good luck. It can also be a good gift for father/mother’s day, the new school season, a new job, new house and many things more. Because this umbrella is made with leather it has a very long life span. It will also fit into your hand nicely, and feel more comfortable over time. Why don’t you select a special umbrella for your special occasion?

Designer
 Kimihiro Kawamura
Designer
 Kimitaka Kawamura

Shizuoka Professional Training
college of design

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“Make a living doing what you love”
What things our students can make is something to vitalize the community. What objects our students can make is something to use our tradition and latest technology. Our students become professional designers through learning designs and those projects. We hope our students will vitalize the community with the power of design.

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Setsu

Chopstick rest

We have a lot of milestones in our lives. It is call “Setsu” in Japan.
And, “Setsu” also means the changing of the seasons. To build genuine relationship, it is important to celebrate milestones.
To keep heathy, it is also important to eat seasonal foods.
Thus, “Setsu” (chopstick and cutlery rest) was created in the those hopes.
A design of “Setsu” that take advantage of the wood knot. By putting together two or three “Setsu”, it will be flexible for meals.

Yabane

Chopstick rest

“Hamaya” is an arrow-shaped good luck charm. It is said to ward off evil spirits and bring in happiness.
In Japan, there is a custom in which relatives and acquaintances present Hamaya to a newborn baby at the baby’s first annual celebration. Also, Hamaya is dedicated at the time of Jotoshiki (the roof-laying ceremony) as an amulet against Devils.
This chopstick rest called “yabane”, which shape is the feather of “Hamaya” arrow is created in the hope just like “Hamaya” used to pray for safety of family and are known as a lucky charm.

Designer
 Suzu Inokuchi
Designer
 Suzu Inokuchi

FUKUOKA
DESIGN SCHOOL
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We aim to uncover and activate the latent skills of each student, and through design, we cultivate the ability to take on various social issues, link people and society and create social value. Determined to realize that goal, we place immense value on being a creative environment where challenges are constantly embraced.

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Omotenashi no hashioki

Chopstick rest

In Japan, there is a festival ceremony for a good harvest.
During the harvest festival, people dined god to thank a good harvest.
At that time, an object on which to rest chopsticks called “Mihashidai”. “Omotenashi no hashioki” as a modern “Mihashidai” is created in the hope that grateful for food and the spitit of hospitality called Omotenashi. It will also enrich our time and impression at meal.

Designer
 Reika Koga
Designer
 Reika Koga

FUKUOKA
DESIGN SCHOOL
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We aim to uncover and activate the latent skills of each student, and through design, we cultivate the ability to take on various social issues, link people and society and create social value. Determined to realize that goal, we place immense value on being a creative environment where challenges are constantly embraced.

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Do-asobi tile

Tile

When you complete Do-asobi tile by yourself, you will find it represents ‘celebration’.
Do-asobi tile, which represents ‘calebration’ will reminds us of happiness in ordinary days.
In potters-town Mashiko, leftover glaze is kept into one container.
Because the color of leftover glaze seems to be whale’s skin, it called KAWAKUJIRA. It makes the most of the original colors and patterns, which is accidentally discovered.

Craftman
 Yumejin Ito
  •  Tomoyuki Eguchi
 Craftman  
 Yumejin Ito
Tomoyuki Eguchi

WADA pottery
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Yoshimichi Goda is one of evangelist to Mashiko Pottery that he became a bridge for pottery industry between Japan and Korea. In 1981, he founded Goda Poettery Labo, which is the predecessor of the Wada Pottery. After Yoshimichi Goda passed away, Wada Pottery was founded in 1989. We create Mashiko pottery with craftsmanship that ‘Creative work is born from purpose. It will have beauty comes with working.’

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