This piece is a modern take on the himitsu-bako, using laser-cut wood as opposed to traditional marquetry techniques. The box's 17 steps, modular units, hidden drawer, and layered veneers build on the tradition of complexity and secret-keeping while paying 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