Osaka-based Yoshihiro Mikami has an impressively diverse range of projects under this belt, most notably branding and product design for Nuarl wireless-earbuds and the sleek homewares of Ovject. He has worked with various mediums, including enamel, ceramic and copper, but his Washi Aromatic Object (Stone) has a more natural foundation and is part of his recent efforts to focus on regional revitalization projects.
A collaboration with Re-creations Recreate Japan, which introduced him to Ue Washi Atelier in nearby Nara Prefecture, this essential oil diffuser is made from stone and paper, but its aesthetic simplicity belies a very conscientious process. Mikami only uses natural rocks, broken into random forms, which are hand-chiseled to achieve textured facets on which a thin layer of colored washi (Japanese paper) is seamlessly attached. The fibrous paper, specially handcrafted by Ue Washi Atelier, is flexible enough to be sculptured over the stone’s uneven surface like a coat of paint and its high absorbency allows it to retain the fragrance of just a few drops of essential oil.