Nijmegen, the Netherlands
Based on Roots is specialized in Japanese design. Every item is made with attention and care, and is based on a design that innovatively translates traditional crafts and techniques to contemporary Japanese lifestyle products.
Based on Roots is the sole distributor of the entire collection for several European countries and has direct contact with manufacturers, designers and/or suppliers. The company is run by Bernadette van Beek and Conny Bouwman, and has a showroom-shop at ‘De Houtwerf’ in Nijmegen.
Based on Roots will present a diverse collection of Japanese brands, including the SIWA brand from the well-known designer Naoto Fukasawa and the exclusive handmade paper jewelry from designer Ayuko Hishikawa. Both brands’ products are made with the water-resistant and durable Naoron paper produced by the paper manufacturer Onao, who uses the ancient Japanese washi-suki production technique.
They will also exhibit Furoshiki shiki, vinyl foldable bags and the playful window mosaic San Kaku Mado, designed by Samira Boon.
Not to be missed is “The Small Factory Ring”, an industrial design by Kaori Tazoe and produced at Yazawa manufacturing and some other small factories in Tokyo, which specialize in metal cutting. Brass rings can be fitted with different decorative heads by screwing the two together. As these were very popular jewelry pieces shown during MONO JAPAN 2017, this is now your chance to try them on!