On Japan and Elegance
One of the major themes of beauty that I constantly encountered in Japan is elegance. This theme became a huge filter by which I was able to see so many things in Japan. I was able to discover elegance deeply engraved into every aspect of life and for this post I want to talk about chopsticks: 箸 “ha-shi”.
Today I was looking through some blog posts from the online blog “Spoon & Tamago: Japanese art, design and culture“. Featured in a post entitled, “Designers attempt to simplify chopstick etiquette” , was a beautiful example of simple elegance. The designers Takeshi Hamana and Yuya Iwagaki created “temotoasobi,” a packaging design for chopsticks. The casing folds into a rest to place the chopsticks on called “hashi-oki”.
Another fantastic example of elegant design is the collection of chopsticks made for Hashikura Matsukan (A company that manufactures chopsticks). Featured on Nendo, each set of the collection is a beautiful attempt to reinvent the object that has remained timelessly and relatively the same for thousands of years.
ONE: hanataba [designed for comfort]
TWO: jikaoki [designed to keep the tip clean even without a chopstick rest]
THREE: sukima [designed to create a negative space shape]
FOUR: kamiai [designed to fit together & held with magnets]
FIVE: udukuri [the classic]
SIX: rassen [two parts become one; this is my favorite design]