In postwar Japan, numerous metal processing companies sprouted up in the port town of Yokohama. Their metal pipes, sheets, precision parts and torque hinges were the invisible backbones of industrial Japan, quietly but robustly supporting all types of industry. But metal isn’t only limited to industrial use. Its various properties, if harnessed properly, can be applied to all kinds of home and personal products. And to promote this idea, a consortium of metal companies in Yokohama teamed up to form Yokohama Makers Village.
For their first line of products, Yokohama Makers Village teamed up with product designers at id to create a line of metallic flower vases. One would be hard-pressed to find something that sits at such an opposing end of the spectrum, which is why flowers and their vessels were the perfect subject to test the versatility of metal. Twelve unique vases were created that utilize various metal processing technologies. The resulting collection, which deftly balances soft and hard; light and heavy, were displayed at Milan Design Week 2017 earlier this year. And many of the pieces are now on sale, albeit at exorbitant prices, through the groups’s online shop.