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A long time ago, I stayed at a tranquil ryokan inn. I noticed an andon lamp in the corner of the room when a candle was lit in the room at dusk. The softness of the light filtered through the Japanese paper of the andon lamp was therapeutic. Although paper lanterns represent the image of Japanese lighting, the andon lamp was a standard light source for the Japanese around the Edo period. As a light source for everyday life, the andon lamp played a central role among the daily necessities.
We tried to figure out how we could bring the traditional Japanese lamps into modern life. Even so, nothing is so difficult as replacing long-held traditions with what exists today because of the traditional rules of format, traditional practices, and fundamental design and materials. In order to create something new that fits our time without departing from these rules, it involves the need to start by recreating the old tradition and design while firmly adhering to the original materials. We thought it was impossible to create a new design that inherits Japanese heritage without satisfying these conditions.
Tokaki is a generic term for andon lamps and lanterns using canola oil and candles. The name, tokaki, has Japanese elements and a sentimental sound. Our goal was a modern version of the andon lamp that achieves an appearance suitable for the name tokaki. There were several key elements in producing the andon lamp. One way was to use handmade Japanese paper representing the essence of tradition to deliver a soft light for poetic shadows in the room. The making of Mino washi ranges from machine-made to handmade throughout the process. Because we wanted the andon to remain true to the tradition of Mino washi, we selected Japanese paper crafted by a skilled artisan. We asked Sawaki from Corsoyard, a specialist, to create Mino washi for our products. By using the highest grade Nasu Kozo fibers as the raw ingredients of washi and an enormous amount of time for the multiple processes, he creates beautiful Japanese paper. The illumination of fire from the canola oil and candle is as small as one-fiftieth of modem lighting. To recreate flame filtered through washi, the lamp has a dimmed conventional filament lightbulb that reduces the amount of light. The andon lamp’s filament light is achieved by replicating a faint red flame as seen just before diminishing, which was an essential element. Although our attempt goes against the current trend, which calls for rechargeable portable light and lower power consumption, a light dimmer controls the filament in the lightbulb to adjust the brightness of andon lamp. The main idea was to create soft, warm light filtered through washi like a flame. By adjusting the light for the area and purpose of use, we gave priority to the lamp as a reading light or as indirect lighting, as well as for the entrance, hallway, and bedside. Second, we wanted a wood andon lamp to retain the modern presence of Time & Style. Of the different types of andon lamps found in a number of antique shops, we picked wood as the material to use, although andon lamps with iron frames, such as Nagoya andon, are also fascinating. Solid wood was the best material because it blends well with modern living space yet offers a natural appearance. Andon lamps originally had a simple structure without any space for storing a power cable and dimmer. An exposed power cable, socket, and dimmer do not make a beautiful andon. To solve this challenge, the dimmer was set inside the approx. 30mm bottom of a two-leg andon. A dimmer is placed inside the stand by shaving solid Japanese cedar by hand to create the space for the dimmer without any gaps. In addition, 10 by 10 mm cedar sticks support the fire box and the main body from the stand for a lightbulb socket. Inside the 10 mm wooden sticks is a path for cables, and solid cedar wood covers the cables from the top to hide all the cables. By following the tradition of andon made by ancient carpenters, the surface of solid Japanese cedar is carefully planed using traditional methods and no new materials, hardware, or petroleum glue. All the processes are finished by hand to breathe life into this andon, which honors its legacy. Although the work of carpenters requires great care whereas modern manufacturing puts priority on efficiency, our goal was to add greater value. Perhaps, the woodwork increases in sophistication and beauty over several decades to a century. This delicate, elegant work of art was created by two skilled carpenters, a father and a son. This andon could not be completed without them. The framework was thinned to the utmost. The delicate lines of cedar overlapped with handmade washi help reduce any heaviness in the overall presence. We believe the andon naturally matches any modern living space. Our hope is that the light from the andon gives off a refreshing, modern ambience of Japan, instead of a nostalgic impression.
Item No. AN-011 〜 AN-014 / AN-021 〜 AN-027 / AN-031 〜 AN-033

Size: W242×D242×H392 〜 W280×D284×H647

Body / Shade:
Handmade washi paper / Cedar solid wood unpainted with dimmer

lamp :
lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1

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We have a semi-order system for fabrics on sofas and chairs. Fabrics can be selected from our collection of 111 types of our
original fabrics and leather. You can choose to coordinate with furniture you already have.

A wide variety of fabrics, as well as our original ones, are available.
There are some fabrics, which are not suitable depending on the products so ask our staff for details.

The color / feel of products may differ slightly from products depending on shutter / browser condition and computer screen.

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We have a semi-order system for fabrics on sofas and chairs. Fabrics can be selected from our collection of 106 types of our original fabrics and leather. You can choose to coordinate with furniture you already have.

A wide variety of fabrics, as well as our original ones, are available.
There are some fabrics, which are not suitable depending on the products so ask our staff for details.

The color / feel of products may differ slightly from products depending on shutter / browser condition and computer screen.

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We have 7 types of wood, 5 shades of dye colors, 4 shades of specular finish colors,
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we have a choice of oil finish using plant-derived oil, and urethane clear finish.
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The color / feel of products may differ slightly from products depending on shutter / browser condition and computer screen.

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Price / Variation

AN-011
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W300×D260×H334
muji
78,000 + tax
AN-012
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W260×D260×H334
muji
68,000 + tax
yatara
70,000 + tax
ryusui
70,000 + tax
AN-013
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W213×D213×H385
muji
68,000 + tax
yatara
70,000 + tax
ryusui
70,000 + tax
AN-014
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W213×D213×H385
muji
74,000 + tax
AN-021
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W242×D242×H547
muji
93,500 + tax
AN-022
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W242×D242×H392
muji
90,000 + tax
AN-023
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W239×D239×H520
muji
72,000 + tax
yatara
74,000 + tax
ryusui
74,000 + tax
AN-024
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W203×D203×H538
muji
72,000 + tax
yatara
74,000 + tax
ryusui
74,000 + tax
AN-025
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W203×D203×H538
muji
78,000 + tax
AN-026
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W374×D169×H387
muji
72,000 + tax
yatara
74,000 + tax
AN-027
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W324×D139×H350
muji
68,000 + tax
yatara
70,000 + tax
AN-031
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W280×D284×H647
muji
88,000 + tax
AN-032
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W242×D242×H571
muji
85,500 + tax
AN-033
lamp : lncandescent light bulb 40W × 1 / with dimmer
W280×D284×H642
muji
72,000 + tax