The redesign of the traditional Japanese lunch box.
Designed by NOSIGNER
SUMI is a product inspired by “Yusan-bako”, the traditional lunch/sweet box from the Tokushima prefecture in the western part of Japan. It could also be used to store accessories and jewelry.
The concept of Yusan-bako is a wooden box composed of 3 drawers and a handle, used by children during festivals in March and May, to transport their lunch to the sea or the mountains.
While the traditional Yusan-bako required using both hands to open, the unique design of SUMI allows you to open each box with only one hand.
With SUMI, Japanese tradition and modern design became one.
The tradition of the ship-carpenters from Tokushima, at the time called Awa, started more than 400 years ago.
After the Meiji era, craftsmen in Tokushima inherited the ship-carpenters' precise technique to build furniture (e.g. vanity tables) and became the finest producers of wood products in Japan.
Designers managed to create innovative products, using the traditional technique from Awa.
This tradition is therefore now available in your daily life.
This product is made of natural wood veneer.
Please, follow the instruction below.