The masters of Kyoto’s delicate, exquisite cuisine have relied on kanaami (wire netting) cooking utensils for over a thousand years. Supporting the tradition is Kanaami Tsuji, a Kyoto-based maker of the fine wares for both traditional and contemporary purposes. After successfully launching their Japan Handmade line, which incorporates the company’s traditional craft with novel designs, Kanaami Tsuji has now collaborated with design firm Nendo.
“Basket Lamp” is a lighting fixture that repurposes the wire netting for contemporary living. And the design itself, which allows the handcrafted shade’s beautiful woven pattern to reflect on the ceiling, harkens back to old tradition. It’s said that the original reason such netting was applied to cooking utensils was because people cherished the beauty of the shadow that was cast onto water as you went to scoop out your food.
source: press release