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Art & Wall Decor by Bohinc Studio seen at Gallery Fumi, London - Urushi Boxes

Urushi Boxes

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In 2017, Lara Bohinc carried out an artist residency in Wajima, Japan, known as the manufacturing heart of Urushi, the centuries old Japanese lacquer technique. Lara created two designs for boxes made in Katsura tree wood and covered with cotton fabric, upon which multiple layers of urushi lacquer (deriving from the sap of the lacquer tree) are applied. The traditional red and black lacquer colours are replaced with new pastel shades, developed especially by craftsman Master Nakakado, with whom Bohinc worked closely on this project. The process required time and patience, as each box is constructed entirely by hand and has up to thirty layers of lacquer, all applied manually.

This is the first time Bohinc has created an object using lacquer and also her first time working with wood. Urushi boxes are an important part of the Japanese lacquer industry, and Bohinc has created two boxes combining this ancient technique with her signature geometric and playful style.

The shapes are inspired by architecture, Bauhaus and children’s wooden toys. They resemble an assemblage of autonomous components, but form one harmonious body.

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Lara Bohinc founded Bohinc Studio in 2016 for the exploration of furniture and object design.
She opened a showroom in Notting Hill in 2017, which houses the brand’s collection of tables, chairs, lighting and interior accessories.

Bohinc’s ability to create work of iconic beauty is rooted in her familiarity with materials and manufacturing approaches. While retaining a deep respect for the traditional principles of her craft, she has also drawn on her knowledge of industrial techniques, fusing modernity of style with function, to achieve a contemporary elegance. The same principles apply in all of her designs – use of the finest materials, and an obsession with deconstruction and reconfiguration of pure geometric form. Overall, Bohinc’s signature style is a mix of contradictions: bold yet light, graphic yet fluid, angular yet feminine.

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