The Lexus New Takumi Project is a project organized by LEXUS, the luxury vehicle division of Japanese automaker Toyota, to support Japanese craftsmen and designers in their creative ventures, emphasizing their local uniqueness and talents in creating new challenging products. 'Takumi' in Japanese, means master or artisan.
The project began in 2016, led by a group of supervising support members such as broadcast scriptwriter and creator Mr. Kundo Koyama, fashion journalist and art producer Ms. Yoshiko Ikoma, and design producer and editor Mr. Kazuya Shimokawa.
This year marks the third instalment of the project with 50 young talents, 'Takumi's, selected from 47 prefectures of Japan. Each selected 'Takumi' is assigned to one supervising support member as a consultant in each of their creative processes. Last summer, a kick-off session was held at the Lexus Gallery in Takanawa, Tokyo. This was followed by a visit by the support members to their respective 'Takumi's to their studios to discuss and assist in the development of each of their individual ideas for their products. On January 24 this 2019, a showcase event was held at Tokyo MidTown Hibiya where all the 'Takumi's gather to present their completed works.
Monocircus founder and representative director, Kazunori Takeishi, was selected as one of the 'Takumi's representing Fukuoka prefecture.
Kazunori, creator and designer of Monocircus' 3D printed accessories, created an intricately designed sculptural work entitled, CURRENT, with the use of 3D printing technology under the assigned consulting support member, Mr. Kazuya Shimokawa.
The work depicts the dynamic moving school of fishes underwater and captures the delicate details of each fish, resulting in a very intricate art work. The intricacy of the structure is not only impossible to be carved by hand, it has also been quite a challenge even to the 3D printing production process. Changes had to be made several times due to parts that are too delicate and impossible for printing, whilst over-thickening parts would cause the work to lose its intricacy and dynamism, so it had been quite a struggle in the creative process to achieve just the right balance and establish the desired outcome.
The concept of the work came about from the idea of collective relationship and movement, in another words, the idea of a complex network. It has been a deliberate effort to achieve a visual impact that is dynamic at the same time natural.
The very intricately made object is placed within a 30 cm diameter Glass Dome, such that it is viewable from all around. The object is secured to the base plate in a screw on system so the object will not fall on its side when tilted.
The base of the object is laid with papers in a selection of 4 colors, namely dark navy blue, light grey, bright pink and black, on which is lined with a transparent acrylic sheet to create reflections as like the surface of water. The selection of colored papers allow the object to be displayed in your chosen color and can be changed accordingly to suit the interior design you desire.
There are 6 LED lights built within the base plate with an AC Adaptor. The object can serve as a night light. When lit, the lighted object with its reflected shadows create a surreal visual effect that is reminiscent of being within the ocean. Enjoy the various impressions it presents in the day and at night.
Fittings included: Glass dome, Base plate with 6 inbuilt LED lights, 12V1A small AC adaptor and 4 colored paper bases.
The sculptural object in the glass dome and the portions of the base plate is 3D printed in nylon plastic.
CURRENT is available for order and will require about 4 to 5 weeks of production lead time.
Please feel free to contact us for inquiries.