Kasai – fire in Japanese – is the result of a study of Shou Sugi Ban or Yakisugi; an artisanal technique that has been in use for centuries in Japan using fire to carbonise cedar wood in order to protect and conserve it. The burning of the slats also creates a particular crazing effect on the wooden surface that gives the material an exclusive style. While this work has been replaced by more modern techniques and materials, in recent years there has been a quiet resurgence in the architectural use of burnt wood, not only in Japan but also internationally, as a subtle design element in many projects.
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