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A Lacquered Table Marries Japanese and Italian Design Aesthetics

03.15.22 | By
A Lacquered Table Marries Japanese and Italian Design Aesthetics

By now you’ve probably heard the term “Japandi,” a term that brings together the best of Japanese and Scandinavian design aesthetics. We need a new word now for one that marries Japanese and Italian design (Itapan? Japanlian? Chime in down in the comments!). The reason is that Ponti Design Studio, a Hong Kong-based product and industrial design firm led by Italian-born founder Andrea Ponti, has released a side table called the Hyobodo Fuoco that showcases a new kind of East-meets-West aesthetic.

red side table

The side table is manufactured by Hyobodo, a Urushi (Japanese lacquerware) art studio in Kyoto, Japan. The table is cut by CNC machines to give it its modern Italian design, with its perfect proportion, rounded corners, and precisely-cut edges. Afterwards, Hyobodo paints it a traditional Japanese lacquer coating for a smooth and glossy color. The fiery color (Fuoco in Italian) refers to the table’s unique visual features and warm color.

red side table

red side table

red side table

red side table

red side table

red side table

For more information on the Hyobodo Fuoco side table, visit andreaponti.com.

As the Lifestyle editor, Vy Yang is obsessed with discovering ways to live well + with intention through design. She's probably sharing what she finds over on Instagram stories. You can also find her at vytranyang.com.