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Nomadic Life by Gerardo Osio

Home is a place where we develop our most essential activities such as eating and resting. It is also a space where we have a reconnection with ourselves, away from all distractions of everyday life.

Designed by Gerardo Osio

Nowadays people travel a lot from one place to another because of work, making nomadic lifestyle a reality for a lot of people. This kind of lifestyle creates a tendency of losing the sense of belonging to a place.

Nomadic Life is a selection of objects, inspired by Japanese culture and traditional crafts, that can be carried from a living place to another, making it easy to create a familiar space anywhere.

This project aims to make a statement of how Japanese culture and traditional crafts can solve the problems of shrinking living spaces and nomadic lifestyle by bringing their simplicity, practicability and essence of their two main religious philosophies (Buddhism and Shinto) to these contemporary living phenomena.

Nomadic Life has the purpose to create a space with simple objects that reminds us to home. It is easy to see these objects getting old because of the natural materials which are made from, copper, wood, leather, straw, cotton and stone; this objects can tell a story as time goes by, creating a sense of belonging when they are used.

This project is also inspired by Buddhist and Shinto religions, taking from them the essentials for wellbeing; simplicity, appreciation for the impermanent and the reconnection with nature.

This project was made in collaboration with six different Japanese traditional craft workshops, all the objects are hand made by the craftsmen in Kyoto, Fukui and Okayama.

Home is a place to reconnect with oneself, place to reconnect with nature, a place to rest.

The Hako (wooden box) is made from japanese cypress wood with traditional japanese carpentry. It is inspired by a traditional Japanese box used by Buddhist monks named hakozen, where they store the essential items to have a meal.

In collaboration with Mr. Mori from Washitaka.

The Goza (tatami mat) is made from igusa straws with traditional tatami weaving. The greenish color of the igusa turns yellow with time, it also provides a nice natural smell of grass. In collaboration with Mr. Miyake from Kurashiki Gozaya.

The Zafu (Japanese cushion) is made form cotton with traditional cushioning manufacture. It is inspired form the traditional cushion used in Zen meditation. This cushion was designed to be used not only for meditation or sitting, but also as a pillow to rest.

In collaboration with Mr. Shuichi Kato from Platz.

Copper tableware in its box compartment. Candle holder and flower vase also comes inside. The box lid also serves as a tray.

Copper tableware made with japanese traditional metal hammering and polished by hand. This tableware change in color as it gets older, inspired by the appreciation for the simple, the impermanent and the transient, philosophy present in both Buddhist and Shinto religions.

In collaboration with Mr. Asano from Heian Bijou.

Kami flower vase, from Shakudani Blue Stone and made by hand stone carving. Shinto religion teaches that there is a connection between the well being of the natural world and our own well being. Having a flower vase is an easy way to bring nature to our personal space. In collaboration with Mr. Kondo from Shakudani Natural Stone and Mr. Shuhei Hasegawa from Hasegawa Dairiseki.

Kami candle and incense holder, from Shakudani Blue Stone and made by hand stone carving. Also inspired by Shinto religion, this candle holder aims to show that the fire not only reminds us that we have to respect nature, it also can provide us with warmth, light and aroma.

In collaboration with Mr. Kondo from Shakudani Natural Stone and Mr. Shuhei Hasegawa from Hasegawa Dairiseki.

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