Bonsai Room Diffuser
Designed By Takafumi Nemoto
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 per- fume, but naturally fresh like a room that’s just been aired. Here, Japanese explo- ration 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.
“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.
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 flower- ing 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.
Takafumi Nemoto was born in Japan. He has worked as a designer
and business planner for a manufacturer of car components. Since he graduated from his Master’s in product design at ECAL (École Canto- nale d’Art de Lausanne), his studio has predominantly designed elec- tronic products in Tokyo. He works from an actively global perspective with local references since he lived in Singapore and Switzerland. He was awarded “Young Japanese Design Talent” 2015 by EDIDA / ELLE DÉCOR, and “LEXUS NEW TAKUMI PROJECT 2017”, where he represented Saitama Prefecture.