Watch these amazing videos of Sendai Artisans at work. Such skill and concentration. Amazing!
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.