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Traditional Japanese Handcrafts Adorn Lexus Interior

Traditional Japanese Handcrafts Adorn Lexus Interior

Traditional Japanese Handcrafts Adorn Lexus Interior
Japan – The 2018 Lexus LS500 sedan interior isn’t a literal Japanese teahouse, but that’s a comparison the automaker is using to describe the character of the cabin space. The design of the new flagship model adopted omotenashi,roughly translated to describe the Japanese way of offering hospitality that goes beyond a person’s expectations. The LS500 will be available with an Executive Interior Package that includes surface treatments inspired by traditional Japanese handcrafts.
Kiriko is an old technique in which patterns are hand cut into glass. The pieces on each of the door panels are a modern interpretation of the craft, with the pattern designed to extend the visual flow of the dashboard. Prototype pieces were made by hand and will be high-res scanned and replicated for production. The aim is to retain the subtle irregularities that a machine cut wouldn’t make to honor the art’s origins. The door panels are also embellished with pleated fabric inspired by origami. The use of a thicker fabric and the change in scale of the pattern took a few years of development to get right.