Frieze Art Fair in London this month, British manufacturers Established and Sons presented ‘Origin Part 1: Join’; a series of Japanese Hinoki screens designed by Eindhoven based designers BCXSY. The three elegant screens in the Join series are available in a limited edition of 8 pieces. Each screen is made by a skilled craftsman named Mr Tanaka, a master of Japanese Tategu wood joinery. The screens are made from Hinoki Japanese Cypress, which is the most luxurious type of wood used in the craft of Tategu.
You can also read our interview with Boaz Cohen, one half of BCXSY, here.
Previously known for their more outlandish Art/Design pieces, the Join series sees BCXSY take a more down to earth, craft-led approach. ‘Mr Tanaka’s work made a deep and lasting impression. We found the process, the extreme skill and accuracy required by the craft fascinating. Every piece requires a variety of different tools that are often custom made by the craftsman to address a specific task. There is a hidden dialog between the Tategu master and the work he creates – there is a reason for every step, a story behind every pattern.’