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  • Catalogue Essay

    "Urushi" cabinet by Max Lamb is part of the designer's highly successful "Urushi" series that started in 2010 when he began collaborating with the community of craftspeople in Wajima, Japan; changing the traditional approach to the wood cutting and lacquer application, Lamb celebrates the quality of the wood by keeping its grains exposed under the many layers of Urushi lacquer.

    A graduate from the Royal College of Art, Max Lamb's work appears to be made with very simple and direct actions: cutting, carving, sand casting, moulding, folding. The process however, is often labour-intensive and deeply entwined with the materials used. His highly successful "Urushi" series started in 2010 when he began collaborating with the community of craftspeople in Wajima, Japan; developing his own approach to the traditional Wajima-nuri lacquering process, Lamb celebrates the nature of the wood by keeping its grains exposed under the many layers of lacquer.

    Max Lamb works are collected by numerous public institutions around the world, including the Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, the Design Museum Gent in Belgium, The Design Museum in London and SFMOMA in San Francisco. In 2018 he had a solo show “Max Lamb: Exercises in Seating” at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Gallery FUMI

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"Urushi" cabinet

2019
Cypress, Wajima-nuri Urushi lacquer.
52 x 150 x 47 cm (20 1/2 x 59 x 18 1/2 in.)

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