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issue 21 | August 2021

This is the story of Japanese Craftsmanship Spirits:
Edo Glass

Edo Glass


The history of glass making in Japan dates back to the Yayoi period (300 BC to 300 AD). Magatama, or curved, comma-shaped jewels, had begun to be made from glass using the technique introduced to Japan from China. This technique of glass making ceased with the Middle Ages. During the Edo period (1603 – 1868), however, glass products from Portugal and the Netherlands were introduced to Japan through the port of Nagasaki, and began to be made even in Japan under the name ‘Vidro’. The technique of making them being similar to that from China, it is believed that it came from China to Japan.

Edo glass, recognized as one of the Japanese traditional crafts in 2014, was first produced in the early Meiji era (1868-1912) when Shinagawa Glass Works, a state-run factory in Tokyo, imported glass-manufacturing technology to Japan from the West. The craft of ‘Edo glass’, developed into an industry mainly in Tokyo, uses three main methods of producing glass products, namely, free blowing, mold blowing, and press molding.

Edo glass with faceted design patterns is called Edo Kiriko, a cut glass that has been appreciated as a beautiful traditional Japanese gift item for a long time. In addition to such special items, Edo glass continues to evolve into products born of delicately thin and clear glass and with excellent designs, decorating and adding a unique value to your dining tables.

Project: House of Wisdom

House of Wisdom

Photography: Chris Goldstraw

The House of Wisdom is a library symbolizing a new iconic cultural hub of Sharjah, UAE. Celebrating the city’s designation as the 2019 UNESCO World Book Capital, the building creates a new publishing and research-based institution that seeks to be the catalyst for a new cultural quarter in the city. Inspired by the original House of Wisdom in Baghdad, it is the modern-day interpretation of a knowledge hub where all those who come seeking enrichment are welcome.

Designed by Foster + Partners, the House of Wisdom extends over 12,000 square meters. Throughout the two-story building, there is an emphasis on establishing and retaining a connection with the outside of the building, looking onto the gardens surrounding the building.

The HIROSHIMA Armchair stands at one’s disposal at various facilities of the library including reading rooms and café, contributing to offering both the quiet and collaborative space, a sense of harmony with its shape and design. The simple and subtle structure highlighting the natural wood it is made of, makes the HIROSHIMA Armchair a great fit for any space and ambience.

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MARUNI COLLECTION 2021 features three new models designed by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison. Look forward to our new collection launch on September 16th.

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Hiroshima, Japan

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