Kirin bench, Kirin ottoman
Fabric upholstered / Leather upholstered
Brass – No stain / Black stain
Since various schools of Buddhism were introduced to Japan 1,500 years ago, the unique
denominations in Japan were formed by their successors throughout Japan. Most denominations
and their temples have believers who have preserved their temples as heritages passed on for
generations from their ancestors. In general most people hold the view that Japanese are Buddhist
because of this history that continued from their ancestors.
The most active traditional industry in Takaoka City, Toyama Prefecture, a city famous for their
manufacturing skills, is the casting industry. Casting is a method to manufacture molten metal
in a mold to produce a product. Buddhist altar objects have been produced by metal casting in
Takaoka City from ancient times. From large Buddha statues that are several meters high to small
Buddhist bells and flower vases, manufacturers are still producing metal objects related to Buddhist
ceremonies. Various casting techniques were developed to create Buddha statues full of delicate
decorative designs. Sand molds are mostly used for casting. Special sand is filled into a metal box
that is split in half to form a male mold and female mold. The original model is pressed into these
molds, taken out, and molten metal is poured into the space shaped in the sand mold. After the
metal is cooled, the sand is removed from around the metal, polished by experienced artisans and
finished as a product.
The casting method used to produce Kirin is the lost-wax casting method. As the name suggests, a
plaster solution is applied several times to an original model made by wax and then dried to solidify.
This mold is heated to melt and remove the wax from inside, molten metal is poured in the space
created inside the plaster for casting. It is called “lost-wax” since the wax is heated and lost in this
method. This method allows creating a product that is delicate and complex. Only a few factories
apply this difficult and time consuming method today. However, we were able to produce the long
legs that suspend from the four corners of Kirin because of the encounter we had with the lost-wax
technique that has been used continuously in Takaoka City. Brass products made by casting are
mostly produced by the hands of skilled craftsmen using their experience and intuition throughout
the manufacturing process. We are producing legs for benches, sofas and cabinets by fully using
advanced techniques applied for delicate artifacts. Furthermore, crosspieces that connect the four
legs are our original products made by a special manufacturing method called extrusion molding.
We think that by integrating and using special techniques left in various areas of Japan, we can
contribute to the preservation of these techniques into the future. The excitement our customers
around the world experience when receiving our products made by these Japanese techniques
brings joy to those who were involved in creating these products. Kirin offers a large bench with the
seat placed on brass legs made with refined skills.