In French the term ’vide-poche’ is used for a small container – in your entry hall or at bedside – where to put your keys, small change etcetera. What would be the lightest way to provide this; to make your small valuables lightly float in suspension before returning to your pocket next day?

Originally, the technique of heat pressing polyester mesh was used for producing oil filters of car engines. When designer Jin Kuramoto met the Japanese manufacturer NBC Meshtech Inc. they used the same technology to supply the quality food industry with a product for sifting wheat flour.

”I was intrigued by the beauty. I really saw some design possibilities in this up-until-now solely industrial product,” says Kuramoto.

Together with the manufacturer he researched and developed a bowl that would use the least amount of material, yet be rigid enough to hold the weight. The result is a vide-poche, which appears almost non-material; like a phantom.

Made in Japan.

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