This Kit Is a Beautifully Designed Nod to Mindfulness for the Modern Nomad

This Kit Is a Beautifully Designed Nod to Mindfulness for the Modern Nomad

Kenya Foy
Jan 28, 2017

Linus (of Peanuts fame) happily lugged around his crinkled blue blanket for familiarity, and now the modern-day nomad has designer Gerardo Osio's Nomadic Life — an assortment of Japanese-inspired items to help them pack up and recreate the comforts of home, wherever they choose to travel.

Osio set out to emphasize the concept of simple living with the creation of his signature carry-all kit, according to his website:

This project aims to make a statement of how Japanese culture and traditional crafts can solve the problems of shrinking living spaces and nomadic lifestyle by bringing their simplicity, practicability and essence of their two main religious philosophies (Buddhism and Shinto) to these contemporary living phenomena.

The handmade objects were crafted with various natural materials such as copper, cotton, leather, stone, straw and wood. Osio's creative vision came together courtesy of his collaboration with craftsmen from six traditional Japanese workshops.

While we typically strive to keep most of our prized belongings from displaying the signs of unavoidable wear and tear, Osio intends for the Nomadic Life items to slowly reveal their own stories as they age over time.

For instance, the nomadic collection includes various travel necessities contained in a wooden carrying box named Hako, crafted from cypress wood. Inside is a copper tableware set, a pillow and a tatami mat made of igusa straws, which will eventually fade from its original green color to yellow.

Overall, the items succinctly and stylishly achieve Osio's goal of prioritizing mobility, functionality, and an appreciation for nature, all while upholding centuries of tradition.

via Design Milk

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