Aikuchi by john cheng

Australian designer Mark Newson teamed up with craftsmen from Japan's Tohoku area. Their goal with Aikuchi was to combine the minimal aesthetics of contemporary design and traditional skills of Japanese craftsmen. I think they succeeded.

The challenge in this project wasn't making something look good, but rather creating a true collaboration which meant a deeper understanding of each craft was necessary.

Boro by john cheng

All current trends are trends that have been recycled through the times. Something that has trended in the past will probably come back into trend sometime into the future. One of such trends is the Antique Japanese Boro fabric. Well, it wasn't really a trend but more of a practicality in the 18th and 20th centuries. Rural farmers, artisans, crafts people and laborers used and reused cloth to create new fabrics to use because cotton was a valuable soft fabric and they would try to get the most out of these fabrics. As a result, they were patched over and over, stripped down and rewoven and died to create a uniformity in color. It's plain to see that through practicality, beauty has emerged.