Naoki Kusumi

Naoki Kusumi

Naoki Kusumi

 

Naoki Kusumi, born on Japan’s Awaji Island in 1972, is the third generation of a traditional plaster artisan family. He started learning the art of plastering from the age of three, and when he was 18, his father took him to Europe to “observe the world”. During his “Grand Tour”, he was most impressed by the massive architecture of Antonio Gaudi, and decided to master the art of plastering. After returning to Japan, he apprenticed with various master plaster craftsmen until establishing his own company in 1995, at the age of 23. His works are very unique as they combine both traditional Japanese plaster techniques and his own original and creative styles.

 

In addition to his work in Japan, he has overseas experiences, particularly in Germany and France and recently in Singapore. Naoki’s experiences in both Japan and overseas add to his unique style. As a master of an ancient, traditional art form, he has been involved with various restoration projects “Juuyo bunkazai”, or “kokuhou”- important Japanese cultural properties and national treasure, such as traditional Japanese teahouses and Kinkakuji (Golden Pavillion in Kyoto). His capacity as an artist extends beyond traditional works, with many of his projects involving interior and exterior coverings of commercial, educational, and residential buildings.

 

Naoki cherishes, and is inspired by, the unique characteristics and culture of individual locations and clients. He is involved from the early design phases of each project, giving his expert advise on how to incorporate, or create harmony with, the existing local culture or nature surrounding the projects. His traditional plastering techniques and unique ideas are highly regarded all over the world.