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5 objects created with mazda s kodo design language that are not cars

5 objects created with Mazda's KODO design language that are not cars

Mazda ASEAN Design Forum 2018 is not just about vehicles, it also shows how Kodo can influence the other things

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Christopher Ng

14 Dec 2018

Although the 'Kodo – Soul of Motion' by Mazda was conceived for cars, it does not mean that the design language is just limited to things with four wheels. Mazda’s designers have expanded their imagination and adapted Kodo into everyday objects, which were displayed at the Mazda ASEAN Design Forum 2018, held in Bangkok. Here are 5 things that use the design style to elevate Japanese aesthetics.

Bike by Kodo Concept
Minimalism can also be applied to bicycles. Its frame is shaped from a single piece of sheet metal formed into a solid structure. To keep the bike at its barest possible, Mazda chose to go with a single gear rather than to complicate things with derailleurs and shifters. The saddle is wrapped in black leather, sewn with red stitching, just as how it’s done for the MX-5.

Sofa by Kodo Concept
This very sleek, very stylish sofa is the love child of a Mazda designer and an Italian furniture maker. While some might disagree, this sofa is said to present lines that are definitive to all Mazda vehicles and the design accents of the Mazda CX-3. See the resemblance?

Tsuji Copperware (Kodo-Ki)
Hard to believe that this copperware is derived from Kodo design but the Gyokusendo artists thought that Mazda’s design philosophy comes close to their own. The Gyokusendo, who have been hammering copper into wares for over 200 years, created the Kodo-Ki from a single sheet of copper that aligns with both schools of thought.  

Fragrance (Soul of Motion)
The collaboration between a car and timepiece manufacturers isn’t something extraordinary. But, ever heard of a car and a cosmetics company doing something together? The bottle isn’t the result of the collaboration but the fragrance is. Shiseido’s quest is always “lifting fragrance to the realm of art”, which goes inline to Mazda’s “car as art”. The result is a scent that “speaks to the emotion”, although the bottle itself is a piece of minimalism.

Shiraito [The White Thread]
The Shiraito is really just a box but with an intricate design that needs to be seen in person. Created by the seventh generation head of the Kinjo-Ikkokusai family, who challenged himself to the Kodo design, the Shraito displays the beauty of water, light and wind through a unique painting method developed in Hiroshima. The blue side walls of the box are representative of water; made by continuously sticking finely crushed eggshells. Then layers upon layers of paint, coated by way of the carved lacquer method, creates depth and reflection. 

If we are honest, there are objects in this list that we struggle to see the link between it and Kodo. Perhaps a student of the arts has an easier time understanding the philosophies behind each object. And if this somehow inspires you to sculpt something using Kodo’s principles, do send a pic. We’d love to peek into your imagination and interpretation of Kodo.

Contributed by CT