As the market for traditional crafts has fallen due to changing lifestyles, today’s traditional industries face the challenge of a dwindling community of artisans and a shortage of inheritors of traditional skills, and Japan is in crisis of losing its traditions. Tokyo, on the other hand, is home to cutting-edge art, design and technology, and 9+1 is made up of artists, designers and engineers who are at the forefront of their creative field. By combining traditional craft techniques with art, design and technology, 9+1 aims to create cutting-edge traditional crafts that fit today’s lifestyles. In this project, five new works are created by combining technology with craft techniques using materials such as lacquer and copper, and they will be exhibited at the Milano Salone. The works include a lacquerware that is coated with a thin layer of lacquer at the nano-level to produce structural colors that change with the wavelength of light, a textile that integrates lacquer materials and clothing, and a work that uses the magnetism of lacquer materials to create a still life object that moves when coated.
9+1 is a collective of artists, designers and engineers who are pursuing cutting-edge expressions in the creative field. Our aim is to give birth to a new form of crafts, produced in collaboration with traditional craftsmen across the country, co-creating at the intersection of crafts with design, art and technology.
We started their activities in 2017 because we felt that the techniques of traditional craftsmanship had potential and appeal different from their own field of expertise. One of our first exhibition was held at Dutch Design Week in 2018.
Base Milan, Milan, Italia