The pared-back minimalism of black brush strokes against a stark white backdrop; the delicate and restrained, yet powerful and emotive expression; the ancient, yet thoroughly modern-inflected artistic quality – calligraphy may well be the creative medium that perfectly represents the beauty and quiet complexity of the Japanese aesthetic. Taking this traditional art form and updating it for the contemporary home is Tokyo-based gallery and school Carré MOJI, whose one-of-a-kind pieces have been featured everywhere from Modern Living magazine, to Tokyo Station Hotel, to Fuji Film’s corporate collateral.
CM’s white and soft grey Omotesando showroom on bustling Minami Aoyama houses the brand’s collection of approximately 2,000 unique pieces, all created by the deft hands of 12 master calligraphers. Pieces range in size from as small as 17x25cm to larger than 1sqm, and depict kanji symbols or kana script meaning heart and mind, sun and moon, hope and love, among many others. Some designs feature blocks of bold colour, but many remain clean and simple, with just a few brush strokes over plain canvas. Abstract English words and graphics feature in the English and Mojiphic collections, while ceramics and cushion covers also come emblazoned with the artists’ symbols. Not in Tokyo? Don’t despair, you can get the look by way of CM’s expansive online store that will ship anywhere in the world. Culture, style and elegance at the click of a mouse.
3/F / 5-11-24 Minami Aoyama / Minato-ku / +81 3 5766 7120 / carremoji.jp