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Casa Gifu III: Japan + Switzerland = Ceramic

May 14, 2018 admin

Fuorisalone 2018: Swiss atelier oï designed a collection of scent diffusers realized by ceramic artists from Gifu Prefecture in Japan

After paper and metal, ceramic was the protagonist of the amazing tale by Casa Gifu III-olfactory ceramics that was able to combine the ancient know-how of the craftsmen from Gifu with the ability to experiment of the Swiss designers of atelier oï (who took part in Milan’s Fuorisalone for the third time). The result of this winning combination is represented by the ceramic scent diffusers displayed in an attractive setting in zona Brera.

Toki-oï by atelier-oï, produced by Housen-Gama manufacturing company

Gifu Prefecture is a region in central Japan producing over half of the ceramic of the country. atelier oï worked with three ancient furnaces that were repositories of a unique expertise in the manufacturing of ceramic objects, producing three different scent diffusers for Hinoki essential oil, the Japanese cypress typical of that region.

Images of the ancient manufacturing process of ceramic, Gifu Prefecture

Toki-oï, produced by Housen-Gama, is a cone divided into three parts that, rotating, diffuses the scent. Mizunami-oï, realized by Miyama and still a prototype, plays on fragile balance. Lastly, Tajimi-oï, produced by Koubei-Gama, is a ceremony set consisting of three olfactory items.

Tajimi-oï, designed by atelier-oï, produced by Koubei-Gama manufacturing company

These and other ten ceramic objects showing the ancient manufacturing techniques of Gifu Prefecture, selected by the Swiss design studio, were displayed in a special setting in Hinoki wood, the Hélicoïdales, elegant spirals able to give life to the scent.

Aurel Aebi, Armand Louis and Patrick Reymond, from Swiss design studio atelier oï (photo Yoshiaki Tsutsui)

atelier oï’s extraordinary ability to experiment with materials, after the Salone di Milano, is still the protagonist with the exhibition oïphorie, at Museum für Gestaltung in Zurich, running until 30 September 2018, and with the monograph How Life Unfolds, recently published by Lars Müller Publishers.DDN dedicated to it an in-depth article of May issue #239 in the Carte Blanche section. [Laura Galimberti]