cRAFT DESIGN TECHNOLOGY
For stationery aficionados, there is no place quite like Japan. Nowhere else are you likely to find common office supplies crafted with the precision of a master architect, or basic paper notebooks cut to perfection.
Craft Design Technology sets the standard- as one of Japan's leading stationery brands, it marries modern design with the Japanese heritage of traditional craft and technology innovation. Its signature office goods, already a cult favorite among design aficionados, give a form to the tradition, innovation, beauty and simplicity of everyday office supplies. CDT was launched to provide quality to daily spaces through consciously crafted everyday goods. Its founding philosophy sees the workplace as a space for creative innovation, with the idea that the best utensils lead to the best ideas.
THREE PRINCIPLES OF CDT
CDT selects traditional Japanese colors for each of its items. Daily use items such as pencils are rendered in a signature light green, reminiscent of a bud in springtime, to encourage the tireless flow of new ideas. For more classic items, like the CDT Brush Pen, a refined dark green draws out a refined timelessness.
The inspiration for CDT's original graphic pattern comes from the sanada-himo, sturdy braided rope stitches characteristic of the Edo period. These ropes were used to hold swords and fasten kimonos in ancient times, though it continues to be used to tie and carry wooden boxes holding tea ceremony equipment.
Angles are a key element of CDT's design. Each item is inspired by the golden ratio found in natural objects (the perfect geometric relationship that stems from life itself), or the silver ratio of beautifully designed artifacts (the irrational perfection of human design). The angles of each utensil are also designed to sit comfortably in either your right or left hands.
CDT bases its philosophy on the idea that change starts small. An office is but a collection of desks, and a desk is a collection of office supplies- everyday details whose importance we often overlook. CDT's innovative designs remind us that it is these oft-forgotten details that let us to finish the projects our minds dream up. Those same supplies, when crafted correctly, can render incredible joy and productivity to our work.
We may not always be able to effect change all at once, but when we start small and give importance to the little details, we become more and more able to conquer bigger challenges. When we change the way we focus, we change the way we work. In this way, CDT aims to bolster that focus, and find the spaces, no matter how small, where we can improve.