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Japanese flair for modern life

JAPANESE perceptions of beauty are strongly manifested in the country's pottery, lacquerware, textiles, furniture and lifestyle accessories. Japanese designs, some echoing classic forms, are absolutely simple, serene and extremely attractive at the same time.

Japanese Quality-Life Product Gallery is about further spreading the buzz on cool lifestyle products from the land of gadgets galore. This very best of Japanese daily living products are on display at the Shanghai World Financial Center till the end of January.

With outstanding quality, design and functionality, more than 100 groups of products have been selected across many categories including home accessories, personal accessories, furniture, and traditional crafts - some of those with a record of acclaim at European trade fairs.

From the products on display, you will recognize that Japanese artisans have found a way to pass the traditional crafts on to future generations.

Using the same age-old techniques and local materials, artisans of today are producing items that combine traditional crafts with the flair and appeal of modern design. And many of these are becoming increasingly popular outside of Japan.

The displayed Tea Pot created by Hisanori Masuda's casting studio Chushin Kobo is an elaborate example that integrates the beauty of traditional Japanese casting with modern functionality. The cast iron material is durable and keeps liquids warm and the porcelain lid adds a modern touch.

Another fine work is Nambu Cast Ironwork created by a woman artisan. The history of Nambu goes back 350 years and is well known throughout Japan. It is not only visually attractive but also Nambu ware has been positively reassessed in terms of practicality.

The Japanese living style is also well demonstrated from the displayed design furniture such as the Rin Sofa from Maruichi Selling Inc. Inspired by a traditional Japanese tatami, this new type of sofa demonstrates how people could feel more natural and relaxed when sitting close to the floor. And the design makes a great impression in any room.

From traditional crafts to the high-tech gadgets, Japanese Quality-Life Product Gallery is showcasing life-enriching designs that promote new habits and introduce high-quality products.


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