Japanese Textile Designer Dan Namura at 2013 Interior Lifestyle Tokyo
There are moments in life in which one has an epiphany, a moment of total clarity, a deep understanding of a connection without any previous encounter to explain that connection, the feeling of knowing you’ve found your soul mate when you’ve only met for the first time – those instinctual feelings of just knowing that you found what you’ve been searching for were aroused when I first laid eyes on the beautiful and soul-stirring textile designs of Dan Namura.
Dan’s textile designs have a haunting allure, one that stays with you long after the initial sighting.
His ethereal textiles communicate the natural world elements that inspire his designs.
Textile interpretations of the sensuous and organic patterns and textures of nature can be found in a myriad of Dan’s creations. His keen eye for beauty, his almost spiritual connection to the natural world, and his extraordinary ability to skillfully and artistically translate his design visions into expressive textiles are impressive. He is a young designer on the rise, and many have taken note. Dan was recently recognized as the “first Asian to be chosen as a trend-setter at Heimtextil in Germany.”
The colorful memories of Dan’s international travels are conveyed in hue-saturated textiles that beckon one to listen carefully to enchanting tales of destinations and cultures beckoning to be explored.
Dan writes in his wonderful new book, Inspirations, “LIFE: Looking up to the sky from between buildings, feeling the wind in a park, closing my eyes and hearing the little song of a river…Mere fleeting moments like these can be soothing to a tired mind. And I realized that if we could sense nature with interior design, we would be sure to feel happy. Therefore, although it may be simplistic, I wanted to apply natural motifs to interior textiles. When I aim to create relaxation anywhere, ideas spring forth.” His designs are truly a testament to his ability to bring the serenity and beauty of nature into the home through beautifully designed textiles.
Design Resources: DAN PROJECT, NEED’K Textile (Dan is Chief Textile Designer), Carl Hansen & Son (upholstered Hans J. Wegner’s Shell chairs), Heimtextil, Interior Lifestyle Tokyo, Messe Frankfurt, Ambiente 2014,