This door handle collection is a tribute to fragility and uniqueness, merging the finesse of two cultures and the proficiency of ancient techniques: Japanese Kaba-zaiku and French silversmith.
Kaba-zaiku technique consist of transforming the wild Cherry Tree bark, and was developed in the 18th century by the north Japan Samurais during the Edo period.
The pattern of the wild Cherry Tree bark is specific and unrepeatable. A kind of fingerprint of the tree, which reinforce the singularity and rareness of the final product. Each piece is therefore unique.
Though the Samurai in Kakunodate, Akita made Kaba-zaiku primarily as supplemental income when they were prominent, after the collapse of the feudal system these minor landholders shifted to full-time professional craft makers.
The art of the precise transformation of metals by the French silversmiths without interruption since the 17th century, constitutes an accurate reflection of the passion and perfection embodied in the nippon techniques featured in this collection.