Tsubomi handmade cushions14. Jun2012
Designed and handmade by Mas, Tsubomi (which translates in "Buds") were quite an attraction to this year's Milan Design Festival.
"I named my handmade cushions “Tsubomi (Buds)”. What I put in the word “Tsubomi” is the spirit of hospitality. When Sen no Rikyu, the great Japanese tea master in the 16th century, treated guests in the tea ceremony, he always arranged a flower bud to show heartfelt hospitality. Rikyu believed that this single bud had power to change a tea house to an especially precious place. I have long wanted to create handiwork just like Rikyu’s bud.
I have been looking for interior items, which not only do provide comfort and functionality that people naturally expect in them, but which also become tools for showing hospitality. Finally, I came up with the idea of this Tsubomi series." - Mas
Photos by Ichigo Sugawara