This project investigates in both form and content some of the cognitive mechanisms taking place within the interpretative process.

Angled at non verbal languages and their explanatory methods, this research aims to provide a practical fieldwork for the exchange and transfer of different approaches to one common knowledge, while providing a visual vocabulary for materials, techniques and processes made possible through graphic and technic design exercises with further didactic purposes.

Developed within the frame of JICA’s fellowship program

日本のデザインと伝統技術 Modern Design and Traditional Craftsmanship, in-depth research was conducted for a period of 8 months in several places throughout Japan.


Supported by the Kyoto Institute of Technology, the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the Mexican Council of Science and Technology (Conacyt).


All products were handmade in Japan by means of these four officially acknowledged traditional techniques:


Void vase / Suruga bamboo:

駿河竹千筋細工 Suruga bamboo latticeware — crafted by

有限会社竹工房はなぶさ Bamboo Workshop Hanabusa Co. Ltd., in the former city of Suruga, Shizuoka.


Suzuki cups / Solid tin:

浪速錫器 Naniwa pewterware — crafted by 大阪錫器株式会社 Osaka Tin Instrument Ltd., in Naniwa, Osaka.


Bowls and boxes / Mizume wood, urushi lacquer:

山中漆器 Yamanaka lacquerware — crafted by 株式会社大島東太郎商店 Oshima Totaro Co. Ltd., in Kaga, Ishikawa.


Side table and stool / Japanese oak, tempered glass:

京指物 Kyoto joinery — crafted by 宮崎木材工業株式会社 Miyazaki Mokuzai Wood Industries Ltd., in Kyoto.




© Luis Vega — 2014


Year of production: 2014.


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