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Bell-orgel Hanging Bell

A work made of japanese cypress (hinoki) and music box mechanism.

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  • A work made of japanese cypress (hinoki) and music box mechanism.

Date:

2011

Artist:

Oki Sato
Japanese, born Canada, 1977

Manufactured by Nendo for Isetan
Japanese, founded 2002

About this artwork

Nendo, a design firm based in Tokyo and Milan, designed this series of Bell-orgel music boxes for the Japanese department store Isetan. This set includes three forms that all adhere to the traditional shape of the bell: a hand bell, a standing bell, and a hanging bell. In each design, the bell shape functions as the switch to turn on the music box, a reference to the traditional function of the bell. Created in conjunction with the composer Ryuichi Sakamoto’s organization More Trees, a global initiative to plant more trees as a natural source of carbon dioxide filtering, the wooden music boxes are made of sustainably harvested Japanese cypress. For this project, 57 designers were enlisted to decorate the bells, with a portion of the proceeds directed to More Trees. The unadorned version, as seen here, highlights the tactile aesthetic inherent in the wood while reflecting the aim to promote sustainably harvested wood.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Architecture and Design

Artist

Oki Sato (Designer)

Title

Bell-orgel Hanging Bell

Date

2011

Medium

Japanese cypress (hinoki) and music box mechanism

Dimensions

15 × 9 × 9 cm (5 15/16 × 3 9/16 × 3 9/16 in.)

Credit Line

Gift of Nendo

Reference Number

2012.454

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