Chair design by Lauren Tom & Haley Zhou for J as part of the chair project at the University of Waterloo School of Architecture.
Jiro has an obsession, it keeps him up at night and makes him get up every morning to work at the age of 86. He is obsessed with making sushi. Ono is described as a shokunin – a person who embodies the artisan spirit of relentless pursuit of perfection through his craft. His perfection is expressed in a 19-sushi menu, he does not serve any other type of food and an apprentice for Jiro would work for ten years before attempting to make an egg sushi. There is a blend of the traditional and the modern in the Japanese aesthetic. Jiros’ sushi are a result of thousands of attempts and the fine balance between detail and simplicity. He changes the proportions of his meals to suit each customer in order to maintain the pace of their meal. Every step of the experience is carefully choreographed. Perfection is demanded, from the rice dealer to the body temperature the sushi rice must be served at. All these must fit like pieces of a puzzle or it would not pass Jiros’ near-impossible standards. To Jiro he is still seeking perfection, to “continue to climb, trying to reach the top. But no one knows where the top is.”
Come Up To My Room (CUTMR) is the Gladstone Hotel’s annual alternative design event. CUTMR invites artists and designers to show us what goes on inside their heads. Coming together in dialogue and collaboration, participants are limited only by their imaginations, making CUTMR one of the most exciting shows in Toronto. January 24 – 27, 2013.