Hanami


Hanami began life in Japan in 2003 in the furthermost reaches of Honshu, the main island of Japan. Nick was teaching there at the time and began collecting abandoned plastic advertising fans which are abundant there during the summer. Over the course of the bitterly cold, drawn out winter he developed the idea for a lampshade using the fans, which he later christened Hanami.

In Japanese Hanami literally translates as 'flower viewing' and refers most commonly to the cherry blossom viewing ritual, which takes place across the country in the spring. From certain angles Hanami can be seen as resembling a flower in structure, maybe even a cherry blossom flower, which itself has five petals. This reference however is more co-incidental than intended and the real significance lies in the lightness of touch and spirit the work is meant to invoke - this being in line with that of the cherry blossom viewing festivites which often include picnics and parties.

Hanami have been shown on several occasions since 2007 as part of installations in various international exhibitions. Some of these include 2007 Singapore Design Festival, the 2008 St Etienne International Design Biennale in France and 2009 DesignTide in Tokyo. It has also featured extensively in the media most notably in Marie Claire Maison magazine, April 2009 - see the press section for details.

Hanami is designed and produced by Little Red Dots