Hako is a lighting concept that unites nature and technology. The two harmonize with each other within the product, creating an intense and powerful single lighting unit. There’s a belief in Japanese master carpenters’ culture that a raw chunk of the tree is more divine and elegant than any woodcraft piece created by man. Inspired by this notion, designers Anna Strupinskaya & Alexey Ivashkevich in collaboration with TheSarai Company started this project with a genuine solid century-old pine piece, scanned its surface on a 3D scanner and grew the fitting upper part of the lighting fixture on a 3D printer with a fitting tolerance of 0.03mm.

The means of connecting the two parts was accomplished according to Japanese carpenters’ principles – “groove-into-groove”, which allows for details to be joined without any glue or nails with perfect precision. One of the typical Japanese furniture blind joint methods of this kind is called Hako Tsugi, which gave name to the project. When the light is switched on, it reveals a subtle digital gradient of light that has occurred due to the 3D printing technology, allowing the observer a glimpse of the inner structure. On the screenshots provided from the 3D data one can see the precision and complexity of the negative to wood bark surface. Hako lighting is a unique combination of Japanese carpenters’ mastery and a culture of reflection intertwined with modern-day technology.

The lighting has been released in limited series of 50 pieces.
Size: 200x55x175 mm
Materials: solid pine, 3Dprinted plastic
Photos: Stanislav Trushkin @truphoto.ru


Hako lighting front view

Hako lighting

2 Hako lights

Hako close-up. Wood + 3d printed top

Hako_3D printed top part

Hako_3D printed top part


2 parts separated

Screenshot from Hako 3D model

Screenshot from Hako 3D model