Not Held at the Japan Society – Felissimo Design House presents Urushi Lacquerware by Atsuo Yamagishi

November 28, 2005
Not Held at the Japan Society – Felissimo Design House presents Urushi Lacquerware by Atsuo Yamagishi

The upcoming exhibition Urushi Laquerware features a collection of highly detailed lacquerware by the Japanese artist Atsuo Yamagishi. This collection of cups, bowls, plates, spoons and more highlights a new interpretation of an ancient Japanese tradition.


Traditionally, lacquerware of high quality is regarded as fragile and is therefore often used simply for display or special occasions, whereas Yamagishi’s lacquerware has been specially designed for everyday use. His pieces have a uniquely durable, “breathable” finish from the urushi tree, which becomes slightly transparent with use. Over time, the lacquerware “breaks in” like a favorite pair of jeans and the colors deepen, glow and become even more beautiful.

About the Artist
Atsuo Yamagishi was born in the Fukui Prefecture of Japan and at the age of eighteen took over his family’s lacquerware business. Six years later, he researched a new, durable finish after realizing that his customers were focusing more on the care of laquerware instead of its inherent beauty.


Yamagishi’s lacquerware has been included in exhibitions throughout Japan and he has designed collections for MUJI’s Japanese and European markets, as well as for one of the largest department store chains in Japan, Ito-Yokodo.



Additional Information: Urushi Lacquerware will be on display at Felissimo Design House from November 28 through December 17, 2005. All lacquerware will be available for purchase; prices range from $30 to 8,000. Felissimo Design House is open Monday – Saturday 11:00am – 6:00pm, Friday 11:00am – 8:00pm, and closed Sunday (except December 4 and 11, 12:00pm – 6:00pm). For further information, please contact Carly Carratura at Felissimo Design House, 212.956.4438 ext. 145 or [email protected].

  • November 28, 2005 – December 17, 2005