Nov 20, 2012

The Art & Engineering of Umbrellas

Recently I had the chance to give a lecture at Otaru University of Commerce in Hokkaido – called “The Art and Engineering of Umbrellas” as part of the Otaru University of Commerce English Lecture Series. I discussed my early experiences as a sculptor and my current experiences as an umbrella

Jan 16, 2011

Girl with Parashell

My friend Ayumi Sumita is an illustrator who draws for a lot of children’s books. She recently drew this image of a girl holding a parashell. For some it might be confusing so for your information, this is the proper way to hold a parashell.

Nov 02, 2010

Rhythm in the Geodesic Dome

Tokyo Designers Week 2010 is here again! A typhoon rolled through and cancelled Saturday’s festivities unfortunately. Yesterday was a really nice night though with Canada Night in the Geodesic Dome at Meiji Jingu. It was a lot of fun with an impressive projection in the dome about the Hayabusa Satellite! I

Aug 21, 2010

Art Site Naoshima

Naoshima is an island located in the Seto Inland Sea. It was selected by Conde Nast Traveler, an American sightseeing magazine, as one of the “seven places in the world you should see next.” There are many contemporary art museums on the island along with many outdoor works and installations. I am particularly fond

Oct 02, 2009

Bronze Sculpture Memories

I scanned some old slides and negatives I had since I used to be a bronze technician at an art foundry. Images of a few projects I was working on at the time. They brought back a lot of good memories. In particular, I can still remember the smell of

Jul 28, 2007

Gesture Drawings

These are some gesture drawings I made for the Parashell. These don’t serve any technical purpose but help in fleshing out the shape of future prototype concepts.

Jan 12, 2007

Still Sculpting

Sculpting is my passion. It has been since I was a child. For me, designing umbrellas and parasols lies somewhere between sculpture and architecture. Sometimes I even have to do some woodcarving for my prototypes. Reductive sculpting may not be my forte but it brings me a lot of pleasure.

Nov 03, 2005

Parashell Maquette

I’ve being working on this project for more than 12 years now. It all started with a sketch I made as a student in art school. I never let go of the idea, and continued sketching. I then started making maquettes. The 3 dimensional maquettes informed he next series of