“The Eternal Water City”, Tokushima. There is a deeply engrained cultural fascination and attraction to the color indigo blue (“Ai”) that continues to this day, connecting both history and everyday lifestyle for the people of Tokushima.
One humble drop of this “JAPAN BLUE”, as it is known, pulled from ancient times acts as a symbol of pride for Japan in the modern world. Direct from the source of JAPAN BLUE, in Tokushima, the “Blue2@Tokushima Project” has been created to captivate audiences around the world.
The Blue2@Tokushima Project utilizes locally sourced LEDs, timber and metals with the help of international designers to create goods that blend in with modern lifestyles around the globe. We hope to inspire fascination in people by introducing the traditional skills and techniques that have been passed down from generation to generation, a first-hand experience of Universal Design and an introduction to a host of new structures and forms.。
We wish to share these innovative products, drawn from the history and imagination of these craftsmen, with the world, with your household, and with you.
Designer / GERMANY
- Wolf U. Wagner founded the Studio for Design & Interior after studying first architecture, then product design in Germany (Darmstadt) and UK (Manchester MMU). In between he was living in Berlin and Paris. References are realized in the fields of consumer products and interior design. The Design Studio develops concepts and reativ ideas for companies which use design and architecture as a main element of their marketing. The work has won several design awards, including reddot, iF, DesignPlus, DDC Award and the “Good Design” from Athenaeum Museum. First examples are permanent exhibited in museums and at designshows.
Most of our products are pure and functional, but always also reveal something about their structure and the context in which they are used. For Wolf U. Wagner, the challenge in the design of new products is to relate the contexts of people, the environment and culture – custom-tailored to the identity and requirements of the user.