Founded in 1910, we, who are the only manufacturer and wholesaler of Raden and Kyoto lacquer ware in Kyoto, and Pierre Charrié, a designer based in Paris, collaborated to create a stand mirror.
The mirror is two lacquered wooden panels assembled by magnets, lacquered on one side and a mirror on the other.
By creating reflection and symmetry, the shell fragments create a mysterious appearance that is a fusion of organic and geometric patterns.
By adopting a symmetric design that utilizes the reflection peculiar to the mirror, I tried to make the space look more beautiful as well as the fascinating charm of the shellfish and the splendor of the craftsmanship.
Enjoy the Raden stand mirror that stirs your sensibility and imagination in the drawing room or at home.
|Country of origin||Kyoto, Japan|
|Material||Black butterfly shell|
|Size||W5.31" * H7.87"(W13.5＊H20.0cm)|
|Delivery Time||1-2 weeks (if out of stock + 1-2 weeks)|
Kyoto lacquerware traditional craftsman who is the only shop in Kyoto
- Traditional craftsman Mamoru Nomura, craftsman Takuya Nomura · Mamori Mamori
To inherit the Kyoto lacquerware born 1000 years ago to the present age
Established in 1910 (Meiji 43), we operate Raden Specialty Store in Arashiyama, Kyoto.
Lacquerware is called "Japan" in English and it can be said to be a representative of traditional Japanese crafts.
Rugged, beautiful and nice lacquer is ideal as a coating for household goods and accessories, originally from China.
Kyoto lacquerware, which starts with the lacquerware production of the court of the Heian period, has tradition as an elegant finish of aristocratic preference.
In the Muromachi era, many famous items called "Higashiyama era" were influenced by the tea ceremony.
There are various techniques for painting and decoration, and true painting and brilliant makie are representatives of Kyoto lacquerware.
In addition, there is a traditional technique of lacquer craft that decorates a beautiful portion of mother-of-pearl with red or blue luster in lacquer inside shell.
The product made using that technique is called "Raden".
In 1993, the third generation has been replaced, and as a Raden specialty store, we consistently carry out all the processes of material selection, procurement and manufacturing.
Symmetrical beauty that reflects the screws to the mirror and opens a new era of Raden
The Vison-Visu series (Raden Interior Mirror) participated in the Kyoto contemporary (project in Kyoto City) and was developed in collaboration with Mr.
Pierre Charrié (Paris interior designer).
The symmetrical design that uses reflection unique to the mirror brings out the fascinating charm of the shellfish which is the characteristic of Raden to the utmost.
It is a product that matched with the splendor of craft technology that we have continued for 100 years.
In addition to that, it reflects more beautifully to the space where the product is placed.
We invited designer Pierre Charrié to the factory in Kyoto, we had meetings for two weeks and inspected and refined the idea.
When we are explaining lacquer and screw thread, "When you polish up the lacquer, you will be finished in a specular shape as the face is reflected." Pierre Charrié says, "I would like to make mirror related products, but mirror Have you already made?" When we answered "I have created hand mirrors", he made it overnight with the interior mirror prototype of this time.
Normally, when we say a mirror, we look at our own face and arrange grooming.
Pierre Charrié's design was to express the symmetrical beauty of Raden in a new way by reflecting the screws on the mirror.
The traditional technique is confined inside, the outer form makes you feel modern and stylish impression like the iPad.
Also, we used hinges at the joint to keep the shape beautiful, but we used a magnet to make it look more attractive, and made it more sophisticated design.
Furthermore, in order to make the whole shape a beautiful flow curve like the iPad, we reworked the prototype many times.
At first we had calculated the corner curve with the machine, but in the end it is a product of commitment making hand curved corners to create a smoother curve.
We want to make use of carefully selected materials and technical capabilities, to create "time / space" where mind is comfortable
Management philosophy "We make something that makes our minds calm"
In the era when the lifestyle continues to change remarkably, it is not easy to make time for "heart" to rest.
The time and space of peace is necessary only in such a time.
Taking advantage of carefully selected materials and technological capabilities, we are spending time and effort on each piece.
We put the idea that we want to provide time that our customers can relax in our work.
In January 2018, exhibited at "MAISON & OBJET" in Paris.
In addition, we performed test marketing at galleries and specialized shops in Paris and got high reputation.
At that time, we was able to actually make the first sales results overseas.
If you put it in the front door, living room, bedroom, etc., you can direct the space you usually spend to a more special space.
Please enjoy the new possibilities of the Raden.
2001 Certified as a traditional craftsman for Kyoto lacquerware decoration division
2013 "Kyoto long-established store" recognition from Kyoto prefecture
2017 Certified as "Future Master" from Kyoto City
How Japanese Products Can Be Such High Quality
The Reason Japan Can Produce So Many High-Quality Products
To put it simply, it’s because they found a way to produce exceptional products with high efficiency, resulting in surprisingly low prices.
The Japanese Drive for Perfection
The Japanese always seek perfection in both the production process and the products themselves.
As such, the Japanese production process aims to eliminate waste and inefficiencies while guaranteeing quality by having craftspeople inspect their own products and constantly strive to make improvements.
Ingenuity Stemming from the Spirit of “Omotenashi” and “Kikubari”
The Japanese excel at creating and improving things because of their devotion to the ideas of hospitality and attentiveness, known as “omotenashi” and “kikubari” respectively. These ideas push them to uncover, predict, and fulfill their customers’ every need.
This earnestness, as well as how they spare no effort when it comes to offering their customers the very best, is reflected in the products Japan produces.
Trustworthy Suppliers That Deliver On All Fronts
One product is often the result of various organizations joining forces and combining their skills and capabilities.
Japanese suppliers are known for their dedication to delivering high-quality materials, parts, and products on schedule, and it’s thanks to their efforts that Japan can produce such high-quality goods.
The Japanese Are the World’s Most Discerning and Demanding Customers
Many Japanese people have traveled and experienced shopping around the world. This has given them a much more discerning eye for judging the quality of products.
The standards of Japanese people are very high. They are finely tuned not just to the quality, safety, design, and novelty of products, but also to their visual appearance such as their packaging and wrapping.
Made-in-Japan products keep improving in quality in order to meet the rigorous standards of their domestic clientele.
Japan Is Home to Many Long-Established Companies
According to an international survey, Japan has the highest number of companies that have been established over a century ago. In fact, the grand total of 33,076 of such Japanese companies accounts for 41.3% of the total worldwide number of 80,066. The US takes second place with 19,497 companies (24.4%) and Sweden comes in third with 13,997 (17.5%).
Japan also has the highest number of companies that are more than two centuries old, being home to 1,340 such companies, which account for 65.0% of the global total of 2,051. The US takes second place with 239 companies (11.6%), Germany comes in third with 201 (9.8%), and the UK places fourth with 83 (4.0%).
So, Japan is able to produce so many high-quality goods because it’s home to the highest number of long-established companies that have been passing down their knowledge and technical prowess through the generations.
*Source: Based on data from Teikoku Databank and Bureau Van Dijk’s orbis (as of October 2019).
What Makes Traditional Japanese Crafts High Quality
Traditional crafts are the amalgamation of Japanese culture.
“Traditional crafts” is the general term used for crafts that are produced using processes and techniques that have been passed down through generations. In Japan, this includes textiles, dyed goods, ceramics, lacquerware, woodwork, washi Japanese paper, dolls, items for Buddhist rituals, and other goods that enrich our everyday lives.
Traditional crafts are associated with the concept of “the beauty of use”, which refers to products and skills that become easier to use and approach perfection the longer they come into contact with people.
Currently, it is believed that there are approximately 1,300 different types of traditional crafts in Japan.
Among these, 236 crafts have been officially designated as “traditional Japanese crafts” by the Japanese Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry (as of January 2021).
The main criteria for being recognized as a traditional Japanese craft:
Key Parts of the Production Process Must Be Done by Hand
Traditional Japanese crafts do not have to be entirely handmade, but the underlying process that brings out the product’s unique and distinctive characteristics, such as their quality, form, and design, must be handcrafted.
This guarantees that every traditional Japanese craft is, at its core, a product of human hands, meaning that its size and shape have been designed with human comfort in mind. It also makes the crafts much safer.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
The Japanese believe that a technique or a skill can only be considered reliable and complete after it’s been refined through trial and error and constant improvements by numerous craftspeople over a period of at least 100 years.
Skills are closely related to the capability of each craftsperson and precision, and they are something that an individual can refine. Techniques, on the other hand, are associated with the historical accumulation of knowledge, including everything from the selection of raw materials to the production process.
All this said, modern craftspeople don’t just mimic the techniques of the past. Rather, they’re continuously coming up with improvements and developing new ways of doing things without fundamentally changing what makes traditional Japanese crafts unique.
The Skills and Techniques Used to Make It Must Be Passed Down for Over 100 Years
As we can see, the secret to the high quality of made-in-Japan products is the drive of Japanese people for perfection, the adherence to their unique philosophy of hospitality, and their discerning eye that can’t be matched.
Traditional Japanese crafts are one level above normal made-in-Japan products, as they must also meet rigorous criteria such as being handcrafted or made using skills and techniques that have been passed down for at least a century.
Thanks to all of the above, Japanese products have become famous for their high quality all over the world.