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– Memorial Service

Year / 2019

Anima - Memorial Service is a series of tableware handcrafted from food waste and Urushi, Japanese lacquer, for rethinking our relationship with nature.

Through continuous experiments of the Anima project, the tableware is now made of powder of non-carbonised waste. It results in very dark brown (almost black) due to oxidisation of Urushi and shows brighter brown when exposed to strong light like sunlight.

'Ingredients' can be varied. if you are vegetarian or vegan, they can be made without including any materials derived from animals.

One of the ideas lying behind this project is tribute to 'wasted’ lives of vegetables and animals. That is why, this tea or coffee service is named ‘memorial service.’ For more information about Anima project, please refer to this page.



Concept, Design, Research and Development, Production: Kosuke Araki

Photography: Kosuke Araki


The full collection from this project was exhibited in the XXII Milano Triennial exhibition, 'Broken Nature: Design Takes on Human Survival,'  curated by Paola Antonelli, and have been acquired for the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

Three pieces from this collection; espresso cup, cup and bowl; were on display in 'Food: Bigger than the Plate' exhibition held at V&A in London, and those have been acquired for the V&A permanent collection.


Shortlisted for the Sustainable Design category of Dezeen Awards 2019.

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