Tasting Shibafune Koide sweets.
Checking the direction of the plans.
Visiting the factory.
Metalware used to brand designs into the sweets.
Manufacturing “Sansaku sembei” crackers.
(A “Rakugan” is a dry confection made of starch and sugar, mixed and pressed into a pattern.)
The “layers” are created by die cutting.
Established in 1917. Since the Edo period, Shibafune Koide has continued to make the rice cracker called ‘Shibafune’, a popular treat in Kanazawa city. After World War 2,‘Shibafune’ was renewed for the new generation. Through adopting a method that demanded more time and care, the new “Shibafune” gained a lighter taste and a lustrous appearance. Shibafune Koide continues make a wide range of sweets, from season oriented traditional sweets to daily based sweets.
After studying Applied art in École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSAAMA), she studied Industrial design in École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs (ENSAD). From 2006 to 2009, she worked as a designer and project leader at Konstantin Grcic Industrial Design in Munich. In winter 2009, she established her own studio. Now she designs for a wide range of field such as, product, furniture, accessory, exhibition and interior. Her colorful designs are delicate yet sturdy and highly functional. ALESSI released some products with her such as stools and laundry box.
Research & Development: Wataru Kumano
Born in Tokyo in 1980. From 2001 to 2008 studied in Finland, studied Furniture deisgn at Lahti Polytechnic (2001-2004 BA), and University of Art and Design Helsinki (Aalto University) for Postgraduate studies (2005-2008 MA). After came back to Japan, he start work as an assistant designer of British Product Designer Jasper Morrison in Tokyo in 2008. Beside of the work, set up own design office "KUMA" in 2011, and work for interior, furniture, product design and project management.