This piece is a modern take on the himitsu-bako, using laser-cut wood as opposed to traditional marquetry techniques. Though it is comprised of only 17 steps, the box's the modular units, hidden drawer, and layered veneers build on the tradition 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