Established in 1652, Japanese beautiful design has continued for more than 370 years since the Edo period.

The Influence of Japanese Craftsmanship on Creativity:

Yusoku Kumihimo Domyo, a long-established company since the Edo period, will soon celebrate its first anniversary with the opening of “Kumihimo Experience by DOMYO,” a facility where visitors can observe and experience manufacturing. Founded in 1652, the company has been handling traditional products based on research and study of historical kumihimo attached to cultural properties throughout Japan since the Meiji era (1868-1912), while at the same time adhering to hand-dyeing and hand-braiding, and passing down the tradition of traditional products from the Edo period by accumulating research on historical kumihimo associated with cultural properties nationwide, as well as handling items that utilize its techniques for modern Western wear.

“Tradition and innovation” are often keywords requested by clients when GARDE engages in space design, but their traditional craftsmanship, symbolic of Japanese culture, also provides us with much inspiration for our creativity. Space design is rarely completed solely with functionality, but by adding the essence of aesthetics, it becomes a place where people want to be and feel they belong.

Product design is similar; for example, among the product lineup of Yusoku Kumihimo Domyo, there is a “sword strap” that is attached to the scabbard of a Japanese sword. Its uses include:

– A strap for carrying the sword during transport
– A tasuki for tying up kimono sleeves that get in the way during fighting
– Cords for packing or tying up captives
– Spare laces for protective gear such as helmets/armor and footwear in case they break
– To stop bleeding in case of injury

It was used for various purposes. While a rope would suffice as a tool, its decorative beauty already constitutes art.

Branding = “attachment” created by function + α

Traditional culture, such as Japanese clothing, Japanese-style houses, and family crests, bestows “attachment” to fundamental usability through functionality + α, contributing to the branding of individuals and organizations. Traditional Japanese products also offer many insights into GARDE’s creativity.

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■”Kumihimo Experience by DOMYO” facility:
Business hours: 11:00-19:00 (until 20:00 on Fridays)
Closed: Wednesdays
Address: 6-75 Kagurazaka, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo
Management Company: Domyo Co.,Ltd
Source: Yusoku Kumihimo Domyo website

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