design : Yuichi Nara

The zelkova wood frame used for the MIKI clock is finished with Wajima-nuri, a traditional crafts from Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture.
Wajima-nuri creates a durable coating film and an extremely smooth surface finish achieved through multi-layer lacquering and polishing. This clock enables you to fully appreciate the time that the zelkova tree has taken to grow, along with the time and effort that the craftsmen devote to the lacquering process.
The clock hands are finished in gloss paint to match the glossy feel of the lacquer. A special printing process that raises the printed surface is used for the numerals and indicators on the clock face.


NY22-04 RE

NY22-04 BK


φ148 × d62mm
Japanese zelkova, Glass
Sweep Second / With stand

Wajima-nuri is traditional lacquerware produced in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture. Jinoko diatomaceous earth from Wajima is mixed with lacquer and rice glue and then applied to the wooden base made of zelkova, cypress known as Ate or Noto-hiba, or other trees. This technique is called Honkataji. The strength and beauty of Wajima lacquerware are created by repeatedly applying lacquer while polishing it from the base coat to the top coat in order to produce a smooth and solid finish.

Yuichi Nara

Born in Tokyo, 1977. In 1999, he graduated from the Construction Department Architecture Course at Yokohama National University. Moved to Italy in 2000. Began designing following a period working at a glass studio and an architect’s office in Venice. In 2006, graduated from Venezia Construction University. During a trip to Noto, Japan, he was so impressed with the richness of the nature and lifestyle, he decided to return to Japan and moved to Notojima. In 2007, he established the Noto design office. Studying local materials and learning local techniques and applying them to his work, he attempts to design products that enrich everyday life. Alongside his design activities, he also grows rice in a rented untilled paddy field.

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