Jin Kuramoto on Vannfall for Nedre Foss
There were many stages of translation for this object: my hand made model was made digital through 3D-scanning. After digitally modifying the shape, this file formed the basis of the complex steel mold which in turn produces the final object in glass.
Somehow the charms of my original model were kept all the way throughout the process. Both analog and cutting-edge technologies are beautifully present in the final water jug.
To me, the object has the power of sculpture. I find the expression strong and beautiful. It seems that my philosophy about objects and existence was originally very close to the philosophy of Nedre Foss.
– Jin Kuramoto
In making the initial models, we found the irregularities in the prototype very beautiful and interesting. Going forward we decided to enhance this expression while keeping an open attitude to what the final material of the jug would be.
In a way it was like we froze the process already at a mock-up level and then digitally translated our 3D-sketch directly into glass.
Jin Kuramoto (b. 1976, Japan) graduated from Kanazawa College of Art in 1999 and founded his own design studio in Tokyo in 2008. The studio applies its strong, clear and innovative design philosophy to products in the furniture, home electronics, automotive and daily necessities markets.
The studio emphasizes a trial and error based practical development process, where functions and structures are tested directly in hand made models.
They view their prototyping-workshop as a library of inspiration and discoveries.