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Gerardo Osio designs range of mobile objects to suit a nomadic lifestyle

Mexican designer Gerardo Osio worked with six Japanese craft workshops to create this range of mobile homeware, designed to give nomads a "sense of belonging".


The Nomadic Life project includes mobile tableware, bedding and a carry case, which all takes their design cues from Japan's minimalist culture and traditional crafts.

The collection is aimed at those who frequently travel from place to place, whether because of the housing crisis, because their work dictates it, or simply because they enjoy travel.


"Nowadays people travel a lot from one place to another because of work, making a nomadic lifestyle a reality for a lot of people," explained Osio. "This kind of lifestyle creates a tendency of losing the sense of belonging to a place."

"Nomadic Life is a selection of objects, inspired by Japanese culture and traditional crafts, that can be carried from a living place to another, making it easy to create a familiar space anywhere," he said.


Designed in collaboration with six different Japanese traditional craft workshops, all the objects are made from natural materials that are intended to age beautifully.

The objects are contained within a wooden box named Hako, made from Japanese cypress wood. This carry case is inspired by a traditional box used by Buddhist monks to store eating utensils.


A tatami mat named Goza has been made from traditional igusa straws. It will change colour from green to yellow with time.


To accompany the tatami mat, Gerardo Osio designed a cotton cushion named Zafu, which is based on those used during Zen meditation.


A range of copper tableware has been hammered and polished by hand. Similar to the mat, these objects are also expected to change in tone as they weather.


Blue-coloured stone was hand carved to form the Kami flower vase, candle and incense holders.

"Inspired by Shinto religion, the candle holder aims to show that the fire not only reminds us that we have to respect nature, it also can provide us with warmth, light and aroma," said the designer.


Osio isn't the only designer responding to the growing number of urban nomads.

Italian designer Elena Bompani similarly designed a flexible furniture system for renters and travellers, while Studio Makkink & Bey created a backpack that becomes a sofa bed, a carrycot that becomes a table and a walking cane that turns into an illuminated screen.

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