Stine Gam and Enrico Fratesi visited Kyukyodo's factory. All the machines are painted in bright colors.
Tank containing incense ingredients
The raw materials for the incense are imported from such places as China, India, South East Asia, and Africa.
Incense pastille and the mold.
The finished incenses are arranged by hand.
The presentation by GamFratesi
Kyukyodo was founded as a pharmacy in Teramachi, Kyoto, in 1663. It began producing incense using the same raw materials as herbal medicine in the 18th century, while also starting the import and sale of painting and writing implements from China, both of which it continues to this day. Kyukyodo has been the steward of the secret recipe for the incense used by the imperial family since the Meiji period.
GamFratesi is a design studio located in Copenhagen founded in 2006 by Danish architect Stine Gam and Italian architect Enrico Fratesi. The studio strives to fuse respect for tradition with new modes of expression in perfect harmony with each other.