Yamakawa Rattan

Yamakawa Rattan’s 2017 catalogue, with art direction by Paola Bellani, tells the story of a voyage more than 60 years long which began on the streets of Tokyo, where Yamakawa’s contemporary character may be found, interpreting the vibrant culture of the big city against the backdrop of the many patterns typical of the Japanese capital’s urban fabric. From metropolitan geometries to the relaxing tropical landscapes of Bali, where the collection appear amidst the luxuriant greenery and tropical sunshine of the gardens and living rooms of big homes in Bali.
In these spaces, natural materials are perfect for architectural structures that go beyond the traditional division between interior and exterior to propose an alternative, hybrid concept of space.
The last stop on the tour, Cirebon – where Yamakawa furniture is made – is located on the island of Java, Indonesia, where skilful hands bend, fold and weave the rattan to make these lightweight, unconventional items of furniture.
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