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Travelers’ Treasures / Silk Art Tea Table — Japanese modern-style Ryurei-dai

Crafted by Itoko, a long-established maker of fine white fabrics used in kimono, this tea table is equipped with a pull-out section for performing the ryurei style of tea ceremony, fitted with a “silk glass” top panel in which delicate silk patterns are laminated between two layers of glass.

Ryurei refers to a form of tea ceremony in which the participants are seated upon chairs rather than on the floor while the tea is made. The equipment used during such a ceremony is referred to as ryurei-dai. In the front of the table a silk sheet fitted as an LED lighting diffuser is elegantly shaded by embroidered silk thread with a glass-fiber backing. Traditional patterns decorate the panels, giving this beautiful table a real touch of class.

Although tea ceremonies were traditionally performed on a floor covered with tatami mats, a table such as this allows this art to be experienced from the ease and comfort of a chair. But the real appeal of this table is the way it lends itself not just to the tea ceremony itself, but to everyday use — for casual tea parties with guests, and simply as an exquisite piece of interior furniture in the modern Japanese style.

Price: ¥300,000

Manufacturer: Itoko Co. in Nakagyo Ward, Kyoto

(http://silkglass.jp/products/interior/teatable/)

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