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Urushi Partition

Butsudan (Buddhist altars) are made through various processes by up to eleven different craftsmen. Urushi, (lacquer in Japanese) , is a traditional craft representative of Japan, and is one of the most distinct and visually striking elements of a Butsudan. Urushi is a sap collected from lacquer trees grown only in East Asia, and have been used for thousands of years. When dried, the sap can be used as a highly durable paint with a glossy texture. Urushi artisan applies a glossy-finish lacquer to the wooden structure several times over several weeks while paying close attention to avoid dust. Urushi made through sincere work lasts for many years by repairing its coating when it is damaged after decades of use.

The traditional black lacquered panels on a Butsudan have been reinterpreted into a new form. “Urushi Partition” is foldable, portable and a beautiful way to make a backdrop to add privacy, or gently separate spaces.

Unlike traditional partitions with hard rectangular geometry, “Urushi Partition” has a gentle rounded form that softly blends into its surroundings. The unique black lacquer finish has a matte non-reflective surface when viewed frontally, but glossy and reflective like a mirror when viewed at an angle. The lacquer acquires its true visual depth as it ages for decades.

Whether it’s placed in homes, hotels, restaurants, or other public areas the abstract appearance allows flexibility in a wide range of interior spaces.



Since its establishment in 1854, Butsudan no Oonoya has been responsible for the manufacture and sale of Nagoya butsudan, a collection of traditional Japanese craft techniques such as carving, lacquering and leaf-placing. A butsudan is made through a variety of processes by up to 11 craftsmen.( Butsudan refers to a Buddhist altar) The use of lacquering, one of the most distinctive and impressive elements expressed in a butsudan, is one of Japan's most representative traditional crafts. However, lifestyles have changed so much that it is difficult to even maintain traditional butsudan in modern life.

When considering how traditional techniques can be utilized to meet modern demands and how craftsmanship can be passed on in perpetuity, We found value in paving the way for the evolution of the Japanese brand from the religiously-inspired butsudan to a Japanese brand in the field of interior products with artistic value that transcends culture, national borders and time.