Japanese brand Bunaco uses environmentally friendly techniques to produce finely designed home products from ribbons of beechwood. Founded in 1956 in the Aomori region of Japan, Bunaco uses an innovative artisanal process to create stunning shapes with wood that would otherwise be unusable. We caught up with Bunaco at the Tohoku to the Future exhibition during Tokyo Design Week.
The Bunaco process starts with cutting domestically grown beech trees into thin 2-meter long boards with a 1mm thickness. These boards are then processed into taped strips of 1cm wide wood. The strips are then carefully rolled up into a coil, which is later shaped into a container. The finishing includes gluing and coating steps, which leave the unique handmade product a little bit flexible.
Bunaco takes pride in its skilled craftsmen, who use this complicated process to produce many kinds of eco-friendly products. The Bunaco collection includes lamps, tableware, decoration, other interior goods and even a stool. Besides using locally-sourced beech trees, Bunaco’s process avoids wood waste.