This piece is a modern take on the traditional Japanese puzzle box. Instead of using traditional marquetry techniques, this box was made with modern laser-cutting technology. Though it is comprised of only 17 steps, the modular units, hidden drawer, and the layered veneers of this piece build on the traditional ideas of complexity and secret-keeping. This piece is also an attempt to pay homage to fast-fading craft of Japanese puzzle box-making.
Birch, Walnut, Cherry
3.875" x 4.88" x 8"
Length: 4 sun
sun: traditional Japanese unit to measure length. Himitsu-bako boxes were measured using the sun system.
Photos: Dorothy Lin / Noa Kaplan