“In Japan, it’s traditional to represent the contemporary world and link it to the past. Decorating with braided thread is a reminder of this connection through time. Scent sticks are also a symbol of future success as they carry the scent of traditional philosophy and embody it,” Takafumi Nemoto explains.
Takafumi Nemoto presents a tree, a fragrant sculpture made from hand-knotted rattan, reminiscent of classic Japanese craft tradition. A vase with in stoneware contains a scented oil that does not smell like a perfume, but naturally fresh like a room that’s just been aired. Here, Japanese exploration of the senses and Scandinavian design combine. Takafumi started with a bundle of rattan, which he found in a corner of his workshop that made him wonder why scent sticks are always straight and a little boring. If they were instead designed in soft and flowing shapes, the scent would be preserved for longer and they could double as a decorative tree sculpture.
Bonsai is available in three designs so you can choose your favourite, or even switch between the different expressions; Bonsai Breeze, which denotes a small tree with the wind in its branches, Bonsai Blossom, in the form of a flowering branch, or Bonsai Cloud, which is shaped like floating clouds in the sky.
Bonsai is a subtle scent of vibrant forest with notes of green tea and a slight sweetness from mandarin and orange. The base note is delicately herbal, with bergamot and a hint of musk and amber. It should evoke a room that’s just been aired with an open window facing a lake in the forest. Place the scented sculpture with dried plants, or fresh greenery, or together with a display of your favourite things. As well as a pleasantly fragranced room, you’ll be able to enjoy a traditional-style sculpture with a completely new twist.