schop is a project that demonstrates a Japanese sense of beauty and its many aesthetic possibilities. It adopts the distinctly Japanese perspective of miniature scale. Schop selects products that, by either concealing things, making certain elements smaller, or swapping original items for new ones, symbolise things much larger than themselves.
MAIKO: This is ceramic tableware made in Gifu in a style known as Mino Yaki. Although craftspeople painted these ceramics with the intention of exporting them, this is the first time they will have been sold abroad. schop will be exhibiting both limited editions that are no longer in production as well as items that are continued to be made.
YOMIHANA: According to the artist Norihiko Kamei, who created this item, he was trying to create a flower that no one has ever seen before. By taking petals from many different kinds of flowers, and rearranging them in a new way to create a realistic-looking bud, he invented a surreal and new kind of flower.
HANAYAMA: What would it be like to hold a scene of great natural beauty in your hands? That was the question that triggered artist Norihiko Kamei to make this series, which is designed to feel as if you can cup fields of flowers and mountains in your hands.