Project Concept

Beyond convenience and comfort, how can home appliances resonate with people once again? Panasonic Design is exploring the future form of products. This is the Kyoto KADEN Lab. project.Our exploration started in Kyoto, where people have historically found ways to enrich their everyday lives. What will be achieved when Panasonic's advanced technology meets Japanese craftsmanship?Together with GO ON (a group of craftsmen in Kyoto), we applied the time-honoured techniques of Japanese crafts with a careful consideration of the methods and materials to create inspiring new designs with contemporary appeal.The principle of Japanese crafts has always enhanced people's senses with its delicate and profound sensibility. While celebrating the Japanese crafts and centuries of its history, we aim to create a new future for craftsmanship.We believe the future of home appliances might lie in Japanese aesthetics, sensitivity and culture. With our creative activities in Kyoto, we will continue to look for ways to once again reconnect products with people.Appliances Company  Design Center

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銀釉 gin-yu(朝日焼)
銀釉 gin-yu(朝日焼)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 泉 雅和

銀釉 gin-yu(朝日焼)

Teaware that lets you experience tea with all five senses

This magnetic teaware, a product of a traditional Asahi-yaki pottery silver pigment technique combined with IH technology, surprises by boiling the water inside when placed on a beautiful wooden counter. It gives a touch of wonder to the everyday activity of enjoying tea.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 泉 雅和

響筒kyo-zutsu(開化堂)
響筒kyo-zutsu(開化堂)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 中川 仁

響筒kyo-zutsu(開化堂)

Compact speaker that lets you feel the sound in the palm of your hand

The sound is turned on and off as the lid is opened and closed. Based on the elegant movement of a Kaikado tea canister lid, it gives a fresh sensation of feeling the sound in the palm of your hand, not just in your ear. The appearance of the surface material changes under the repeated touch of your skin. The more you use it, the more attachment you will feel.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 中川 仁

水甬 sui-you(中川木工芸)
水甬 sui-you(中川木工芸)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

水甬 sui-you(中川木工芸)

A wooden bucket that creates water flow through induction heating and wireless charging technology

This nostalgic yet contemporary Japanese traditional wooden bucket by Nakagawa Mokkougei woodworks cools fruit and vegetable inside with the soft water stream. It reminds you of the origin of Japanese food culture where people cooled fresh vegetables in a natural water stream.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

月灯 gettou(公長齋小菅)
月灯 gettou(公長齋小菅)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 中村 実

月灯 gettou(公長齋小菅)

LED pendant light that creates light and shadow

The natural rhythm of shadow created by Kohchosai Kosuga's bamboo weave contrasts the moon-like glow from the bottom of the shade. This beautiful pendant light aims to bring the traditional Tsukimi (moon viewing) habit into our modern life.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 中村 実

燗酒器 kan-shuki(中川木工芸)
燗酒器 kan-shuki(中川木工芸)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

燗酒器 kan-shuki(中川木工芸)

LED pendant light that creates light and shadow

This modern liquor set, evolved from the traditional technique for wooden pail construction of Nakagawa Mokkougei, controls temperature by using IH. Time spent heating sake can instead be used for hospitality, by providing subtle and optimum drinking conditions suitable for each sake such as body temperature, warm sake and hot sake.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

銀砂ノ酒器 ginsa-no-shuki(中川木工芸)
銀砂ノ酒器 ginsa-no-shuki(中川木工芸)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

銀砂ノ酒器 ginsa-no-shuki(中川木工芸)

Wooden pail to enjoy cold sake with cooling silver sand

Silver sand (metal grains) in a pail of plain wood by Nakagawa Mokkougei. An unexpected technique is used to cool sake by burying the sake container. Cooling technology using IH and Peltier elements lends a new feeling to time spent enjoying sake.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

竹コロ take-koro(公長齋小菅)
竹コロ take-koro(公長齋小菅)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 中村 実

竹コロ take-koro(公長齋小菅)

LED lighting to appreciate the play of  light through gaps in bamboo

Kohchosai Kosuga's Yatara knitting features non-uniform and expressive seams that interact with the cold light of semi-conductors to transform it into soft lively organic light.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 中村 実

網香炉 ami-kouro(金網つじ)
網香炉 ami-kouro(金網つじ)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

網香炉 ami-kouro(金網つじ)

Incense burner to enhance experience and memory

A personal incense burner with a battery heat source and low-thermal-conductivity titanium, a futuristic material we expect to see increasing use of. A scent rising in a limited space from the elaborate chrysanthemum pattern by Kanaami-Tsuji elevates you into your own little world. Combine it with a meal to enjoy an entirely new experience.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

織ノ響 ori-no-hibiki(細尾)
織ノ響 ori-no-hibiki(細尾)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 中川 仁

織ノ響 ori-no-hibiki(細尾)

Partition constructed from sound and fabric

As you touch the stereoscopic fabric, unique to Nishijin textiles by Hosoo, gold and silver foils woven into the texture act as sensors to play sounds. Free combination of the units further highlights any space, creating a sound fixture to stimulate vision, hearing and touch all at the same time.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 中川 仁

カンナ屑ノ灯 kannakuzu-no-akari(中川木工芸)
カンナ屑ノ灯 kannakuzu-no-akari(中川木工芸)
アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

カンナ屑ノ灯 kannakuzu-no-akari(中川木工芸)

A light that features a soft glow permeates through the thin wood chips creating a fresh, pleasing smell of wood

The established techniques of Nakagawa Mokkougei woodworks can be recognised even on a single planed wood chip. The simple and natural light filtered through the wood chips expresses the warmth of the craftsmen's handwork.

アプライアンス社 デザインセンター 岡部 健作

About Kyoto KADEN Lab.

Kyoto KADEN Lab. is a research activity by Panasonic Design. We start with Kyoto, full of the wisdom of finding richness in daily life and deep history. The

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GO ON is a joint collaboration of Kyoto craftspeople who apply the time-honored techniques of Japanese crafts to create inspiring new designs with contemporary international appeal.

細尾 織ノ響 ori-no-hibiki
HOSOO
HOSOO is a Kyoto-based textile company founded in 1688 and specialised in superior quality fabrics for high-end interior design and fashion.  [Product]織ノ響 ori-no-hibiki
朝日焼 銀釉 gin-yu
朝日焼
開窯1600年。小堀遠州の「遠州七窯」に数えられる茶陶の名門。 [Product] 銀釉 gin-yu
公長齋小菅 竹コロ take-koro 月灯 gettou
KOHCHOSAI KOSUGA
Since its establishment in 1898, the KOHCHOSAI KOSUGA company has been dedicated to exploring the qualities of bamboo at their workshops and facilities in Kyoto. [Product] 竹コロ take-koro 月灯 gettou
開化堂 響筒kyo-zutsu
KAIKADO
KIYOSUKE, craftsman of the first KAIKADO tin tea caddy, established the KAIKADO brand in 1875 in Kyoto. After more than 130 years, the Chazutsu tea caddy is still Kaikado's signature product and is highly appreciated for its splendid style. [Product] 響筒kyo-zutsu
中川木工芸  水甬 sui-you 銀砂ノ酒器 ginsa-no-shuki 燗酒器 kan-shuki カンナ屑ノ灯 kannakuzu-
NAKAGAWA MOKKOUGEI
NAKAGAWA MOKKOUGEI represents the fine tradition of Kyoto woodcrafting where time-honoured skills are passed on from father to son. The company prides itself of its wooden buckets (ki-oke), which are developed 700 years ago. [Product] 水甬 sui-you 銀砂ノ酒器 ginsa-no-shuki 燗酒器 kan-shuki カンナ屑ノ灯 kannakuzu-
金網つじ 網香炉 ami-kouro
KANAAMI-TSUJI
KANAAMI-TSUJI was established by head artisan Kenichi Tsuji and draws on the traditional craftsmanship of Kyo-Kanaami (metal knitting), which is believed to be more than ten centuries old. [Product] 網香炉 ami-kouro