Long standing Imono (casting) creator NOUSAKU CORPORATION in Takaoka, Toyama prefecture will hold an exhibition “NOUSAKU EXHIBITION 2013” to introduce its high-quality manufacturing to the world at the art space, EYE OF GYRE in Omotesando, Tokyo from May 31st to June 25th.
For the third exhibit for NOUSAKU, interior stylist Tomomi Nagayama visited NOUSAKU studio in Takaoka and excavated the traditional Imono crafts, which had been stored for a long time in its warehouse. Remaking the vase for Buddhist altar fitting into lighting equipment or a candle stand, NOUSAKU displays the reproduced items, arranging them on the dinner table to suggest the “upcycle” styling.
The new products, SUZU-RIBBON and roughly 70 surreal & kitsch IMONO CHARACTERS gathered from the studios such as, cat’s book ends or UFO-shaped wind bell will be presented along with a film “Manufacturing Process Theater,” which features the process of producing Imono. New products will also be sold at the venue. An event titled “TAKAOKA CRAFT MOVEMENT” to depict Takaoka as the city of crafts will be held simultaneously.
Since its foundation in 1916, NOUSAKU has developed new casting techniques and products, and actively worked in cooperation with different types of business, while preserving the 400-year-old traditional Imono techniques in Takaoka. Introducing the charm of Takaoka copperware, NOUSAKU participated in international trade fairs such as “Maison et Objet” in Paris, France and “Ambiente” in Frankfurt, Germany and received excellent reviews from Japan and overseas for its great skill and original taste.
The restoring project for the chandelier in front of Isetan Shinjuku store was handled by craftsmen from Takaoka under the leadership of NOUSAKU. The chandelier was a subject of conversation at the grand opening on March 6th.