3D-Scanned Stones Create Vessel for Human-Made Interventions

Product design typically results in materials being molded or modified to meet our needs. But the “Nosemono” series from Kyoto-based Shinkogeisha takes the opposite approach. The natural material–in this case, stone–is left untouched. Instead, it is 3D-scanned, enabling it to become a vessel for human-made parts and pieces that attach to it like a puzzle piece and render it a functional object.

The “Nosemono” series, at its core, displays a respect for nature through one-of-a-kind objects that accomodate the original, natural form. The project was designed and developed by studio members Hiroshi Mitachi, Ryo Kosaka and Mariko Asakura and was on display at the 2022 Milan Furniture Fair this week. Some of the products are available through the group’s online shop.

This week we’re highlighting some of our favorite Japanese designs from Milan Design Week (June 7 – 12, 2022). You can check out some of our past coverage here.


  1. There is so much potential for something truly amazing with this concept, but so far its mostly just lame office tchotchkes.

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