Meet Designer Rei Sakamoto & Studio

Meet Designer CraftArtist & Studio

Japan Urushi Lacquer Jewelry Designer Rie Sakamoto

Designer, Rie Sakamoto (pictured here), of Urushi Sakamoto Studio, is one of a few Urushi artists today who is taking Urushi CraftArt in new, contemporary directions. By using a combination of both traditional and modern techniques, Rei Sakamoto designs unique Urushi accessories, such as bangles, earrings, and pendants, in contemporary forms.


Japan Urushi Bordeaux Red Earrings

Since Urushi, by nature, is very “sticky” (in fact in ancient times it was used as a glue!), this makes it a very versatile and very ideal coating material as it will adhere to almost any form and material such as wood, cloth, metal and more.  As a craftArt, wood is often used as the substrate as it can be carved into many different shapes such as the earrings and bangles Rie creates.

Christofle, Paris, Tableware with Urushi Sakamoto Japan

Urushi's unique, sticky, versatility has also led to its popularity world-wide on objects for contemporary life.

Urushi Sakamoto Studio (father and daughter pictured below), have taken on several collaborative efforts with global brands such as Citizen (watches), Toshiba (laptop computer), Fostex (headphones) and Christofle (Paris, tableware pictured above), to name a few, where the hard, yet lustrous surfaces from Urushi adds beauty to function.

Japan Urushi Sakamoto Father and Daughter Lacquer Artists

Urushi Sakamoto Studio attention to quality design has also earned it a coveted place in New York's Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) permanent collection with the Tropical Breeze and Happening (shown here) decorative platter series.

Tropical Breeze and Happening Museum of Modern Art MoMA Urushi Sakamoto

Long respected for its artistic and practical uses, Urushi continues to receive recognition inside and outside Japan for its value in quality, durability and beauty. Tropical Breeze and Happening Museum of Modern Art MoMA Urushi Sakamoto