Born in Hyogo prefecture, Japan and graduated from Kanazawa College of Art, Department of Design, Kuramoto worked from 2000 until 2008 as in-house designer for various companies. He founded Jin Kuramoto Studio in Tokyo in 2008.The studio engages in various product design developments such as furniture, home electric appliances and daily necessities. With his singular design approach, Kuramoto Studio introduces the essence of things with a clear and distinctive expression. He has won many IF Design Awards, Good Design Awards, Elle Decor Young Designers Talent in 2012. Kuramoto is also lecturer for Kyoto University of Art and Design, Keio University SFC in Tokyo, Kanazawa College of Art and Musashino Art University, Tokyo. Among his clients in Japan: Meetee (design and art direction), Arflex Japan, Hukla, Jo Nagazaka /Schemata Architects, Tokyo Gas (JP), Naft, Ideaco, Mikamo, Offecct (Sweden)…
The Indigo-Dyed Bamboo Chair
By combining both the handmade bamboo bending process to the natural indigo-dyed technique normally applied to textiles, the Japanese designer Kuramoto has conceived a new kind of furniture typology. Employing bamboo, which is certainly one of the highest quality in Taiwan– thanks to the bamboo forests –, Kuramoto tailors a new kind of seating. His elegant and refined chair is also simplified in terms of bamboo weaving and refresh the traditional look of the Asian furniture style. It reinforces the aesthetics and sustainability of the chair and introduces a sense of tactility and comfort. Using 1,20 m long bamboo pieces that are bended and assembled, it has a height of around 80,3 cm, a width of 114 cm and a diameter of 76,6 cm.
The craft and design process of The Indigo-dyed Bamboo Chair
The final prototype of The Indigo-dyed Bamboo Chair