PhilosophyJAPANESE TILE WORLD

INAX has fashioned a series of tiles founded on culture and tradition cultivated by the Japanese populace. Such tradition, culture, and technique passed down through the Japanese DNA have been carefully preserved, with the foremost affection and appreciation for nature. Japanese sensitivities to beauty include the spirit of omotenashi (hospitality), a timeless approach to beauty that may quite possibly be distinctively Japanese.

Inspirations from Japanese culture, tradition, and seasonal hues render tiles instilled with sensitivity and refinement by the Japanese people. Welcome to Japanese Tile World.

Masu / Measuring container

DENT CUBE x Masu

The box measure, or masu, originally enabled people to count quantities of staple foods. Today, the implement is indispensable in celebrations. It is a vessel that holds beans, thrown out to chase off the ogres at change-of-season (setsubun), and also serves as a cup for sake. Dent Cube inherits the masu motif, etched into our spiritual reminiscences.

Iraka / Roof tile

CRESCENT BORDER x Iraka

They are shaped individually like the crescent moon. Their spatial formation presents a laced arrangement evocative of roof tiling. Like the lyrics to the traditional Japanese children’s song, “Waves of roof tiles and waves of clouds,” CRESCENT BORDER arranges a primeval scene held in the hearts of Japanese people. The waves generate a tapestry blending into the scene—never still, always part of nature.

Yohkan / Sweet bean jelly

YOHEN BORDER x Yohkan

Traditional Japanese confection yohkan enjoys a deep, rich color, whose expression may vary with seasonal hues. Japanese people portray seasonal changes in Japanese confections served at tea ceremonies. Like nature’s four seasons, YOHEN BORDER is a spectrum of subtle color differences across every single piece. Enjoy the resulting balance in color generated by random chance.

Take / Bamboo

CELAVIO G x Take

Bamboo, straight and tall, has symbolized vitality since ancient times, a festive plant retained for New Year’s decoration, tea ceremony implements, and building materials. Japanese are deeply endeared to bamboo, whose refined natural charm and clean profile provide the key to CELAVIO G.

Rakugan / Hard Candy

2x1 MOSAIC x Rakugan

The slightly rounded, petite form represents the motif based on rakugan, a traditional Japanese confection made from rice flour and sugar and pressed into a wooden mold. Historically old cities of Japan like Kyoto and Kanazawa produce large quantities, which are enjoyed as accompaniment in tea ceremonies and given as offerings at events memorializing ancestral spirits.

Kago / Basket

RHYTHMIC II CROCHET x Kago

Woven geometry can be found all around the world. Baskets and colanders woven from bamboo have been implements used in Japan for centuries. A piece-by-piece combination of beauty emerges from simple, regular patterning, and results in bold shading that transcends East and West. The appearance is decidedly impressive.

Kagayaki / Shine

SAIRIN x Kagayaki

Japan is a nation richly blessed with water and seasonal pictures. Since ancient times, people have learned to appreciate nature’s emotions through the sun’s brilliance reflecting off of water: the white surface of water caressed with dawn’s mist early in the morning, the bright surface of water from daytime sunlight, the evening water’s surface dyed in crimson from the sunset, and the opaque water surface gently undulating in pitch-black darkness. SAIRIN captures these emotions of nature.