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The Zaishu is a portable, simplified Zen
structure for generic, low to the ground use - it
is
artwork that functions as seat, table or box.
Its construction is indebted to Japanese
traditions of respecting the texture of natural
materials and using no nails or glue.

Based on a program of participation, creativity,
responsibility and evolution, the Zaishu Project
is an international collaborative event, recording
patterns, designs and cultural texture from
around the world on sheets of plantation grown
veneer. This visual information ‘artwork’
is then cut by laser into smaller components
that slot together without nails, screws or glue
to create a small portable seat / table / box
called a Zaishu.
Treated like a project and not a product, the
Zaishu was first launched with stencilled street
artwork at Melbourne's Australian Center for
Contemporary Art in July 2004. Having travelled
to Japan, Seoul, Milan, Sydney, Melbourne and
Stockholm the Zaishu project in 2006 is working
with artists in India, Berlin, Sweden and New
Zealand. By using a single material and single
production process a Zaishu has less harmful
environmental impact than other furniture.



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