ozen | The foldable super lightweight table

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Made in Japan by master cardboard experts, this durable foldable table is coming to you with some unique Japanese inspired patterns!

Keihan Shikou

2021.11.25

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Made in Japan by master cardboard experts, this durable foldable table is coming to you with some unique Japanese inspired patterns!

Keihan Shikou

2021.11.25

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Assembled Four-​Legged Tray Using 3-Layer Reinforced Cardboard and Triple Wall

Delivering convenient and fun original products from Japan using reinforced cardboard that has a gorgeous design and water-repellent surface!






The origin of the name "ozen" refers to a short table for Japanese tableware and food for one person. Ozen provides each person with a dining table and set meal that is a big foundation of Japanese food culture called, “Ichiju-sansai”, which was created by Zen Buddhism. We would like to bring the ozen culture, which Japanese people are known to cherish, to the people of the world. With that in mind, we devised this special "ozen".


We want you to feel free to enjoy a part of traditional Japanese culture. In addition, by replacing one of the kanji characters in the word "Zen" (as in meditation), which is now attracting worldwide attention, we hope that people all over the world will know the splendours of Japanese culture and the spirit of ozen.


A convenient size that is easy to carry and ready to use on the go. It's less than half the weight of a wooden folding table.

The top plate is water repellent, so you can use it with confidence regardless of whether you make a spill.


"Ozen" is an product born from the request of those who often go mountaineering and hiking saying, "I want a lighter table." If you remove the legs which can be easily removed and fold the top plate and put it in a bag, it will be compactly organized. For this project, the storage case has been improved to a type that can be hung from the shoulder.

When we conducted a durability test on "ozen", we were surprised to find that it could withstand up to 1.4t (1400kg). The stability provided by the legs of the table, which has a wide contact patch, is also a feature of this product. It will even remain stable if you place food for two adults on the table.


We have prepared a variety of designs that does not make you feel like it is cardboard, so you can enjoy using it for various occasions. There are three kinds of natural wood grain and eight kinds of artistic Japanese-style prints printed on the top plate.

For Kickstarter Backers we have also created special limited models,  with the artistic designs being inspired by Japanese art, architecture, and crafts, as well as Japanese writing in calligraph. We made it so that overseas people who cannot easily visit Japan due to the influence of the coronavirus can enjoy Japanese culture through art.

 A folding screen is a partition of a Japanese room that has been used for a long time. Since the Muromachi period, gold folding screens decorated with gold leaf have been produced. In the picture is a folding fan, which is said to be a sign of good luck meaning becoming prosperous or "spreading out like an open fan."

Hanafuda is a type of karuta, a traditional Japanese card game. For each month of the year, 4 flowers are drawn, making a total of 48 cards. The cards have a natural scenery and style of each month which of course has its own meaning.

Katsushika Hokusai is a well-known painter representing the Edo period in Japan. He is a world-famous painter who later influenced Impressionists such as Van Gogh. This painting is the most popular "The Great Wave off Kanagawa" in his masterpiece "Thirty-six Views of Mt. Fuji".

Ichimatsu is a checkered pattern that is considered a popular design in traditional Japanese print, especially in clothing. You may have seen it used in the current Tokyo Olympics logo. The famous Kabuki actor during the Edo period, First-generation Sanogawa Ichimatsu, became popular because he wore this pattern on his hakama, and later became known as the ichimatsu pattern.


Calligraphy is an aesthetically expressed character that mainly uses brush and ink. "Kachofuugetsu" (花鳥風月) is a four-letter idiom that means the beautiful scenery of nature and the style that values it.


In Japan, pine trees are evergreen trees, so they do not lose their luscious green colour even in winter. Which makes them considered to be a symbol of immortality and longevity. It is also said to be a symbol of prosperity and can be thought of as improving financial luck. Clouds are considered mystical and good luck. In Japan, both are often used in patterns for kimonos.


In Japan, the ancient crane is a bird that means longevity, prosperity, and matrimonial happiness. So many prosperous cranes are gathered together to make one's luck even more promising. It also has the meaning of leaping, meaning to make great strides or progress. This beautiful symbol of Japan is also often used in kimono patterns.


It is a kind of traditional Japanese decorative art coating that uses sap taken from Japanese "urushi trees" called "lacquer". It can be finished by applying it dozens of times. Since the Jomon period (14,000–300 BCE), it has been used for ornaments, tableware, and set meals. By the Edo period (1603 and 1867/68), it had also been applied to sword sheaths and armour.



The type of cardboard used to make ozen is a reinforced cardboard, which is traditionally used as a packaging material for heavy objects. Reinforced cardboard is a very durable material compared to general cardboard. Reinforced cardboard is literally "enhanced" general cardboard. It may be unfamiliar to the general public as it is used exclusively for industrial purposes. The triple wall (3 layers) is 700% stronger than general cardboard. It has almost the same standard material composition not only in Japan but also in the world, and is used as a special cardboard for packing heavy objects, furniture, fixtures, and so on.


The thickness of the middle material in your general cardboard is 5 mm, where the thickness in reinforced cardboard is 15 mm, which is three times as thick. The surface is as hard as a wooden board, so much that some customers will use it as an extra plank for their shelf. Light yet robust — that is the biggest attraction of reinforced cardboard.


The cardboard table is made of reinforced cardboard, which is made from paper.

When it is no longer needed, it can be disposed of as a recycled material, unlike those made of oil resources (plastic) or wood.


Hiking

The difference in weight between a metal table and a cardboard table is about 10oz/300g. However, the burden on the shoulders and body that continues to be applied during long-term transportation has a greater effect as it accumulates. So you can expect to hike comfortably with the easy-to-carry "ozen”.


Picnics 

Going Out or Working Outdoors

As a Children’s Table

Unlike wooden furniture and toys, reinforced cardboard furniture and toys can be easily assembled by anyone without the need for tools or screws, so they are considered safe for children.


Decorative Japanese Art

You can even use it as a way to decorate your home when it is not being used as a means to jazz your place up a little bit and enjoy Japan in art form. The best part is that since it can be folded it does not take up much space.



One day, an acquaintance visited me and he was holding a bag in his hand. When he sat down in front of me, he took out a metal object from the bag, which was a foldable table made of aluminium.

He told me, "I want you to make a table that is the same size, lighter, but just as sturdy." He was a mountaineer, and he wanted to lighten his load when he went hiking.

So the next day I handed him this folding table made of three-layer reinforced cardboard. It was something you couldn’t get anywhere else that was half the weight of aluminium yet stronger.

After being able to succeed in giving him what he was looking for, it made me think there are more people out there who would like the same sort of product. So we made a variety of prints for the surface of this table and named it "#table" to succeed in crowdfunding in Japan, which we were able to do.

The "#table", that was born from this story, became renewed and given a new name of "ozen".

The size of this newly updated "ozen" has been increased, and the bag to carry it has been improved to a shoulder type. The reason for doing so is because an American friend advised me that it would be easy to use for a picnic.

Including this friend, before the world was threatened by corona, I met many people in America who love Japan. Young people who enjoy Japanese anime cosplay, people who say they like kimono, katana, and samurai armour helmets, people who respect the spirit of Japanese calligraphy and Zen.

I hope such people will feel a bigger sense of Japan and like it.

Since my father founded the company in 1981, he has been manufacturing and selling industrial cardboard for over 30 years. After taking over the company in 2014, we launched "@project" as a new business development idea. With the theme of "creating something unique," we are creating “idea products” that utilize reinforced cardboard.


We want everyone to know more about the appeal points of reinforced cardboard, which has been used as an alternative to wooden boxes for exporting goods since it was first created about 60 years ago. With that in mind, it was seven years ago that we launched "@project," which manufactures and sells cardboard products for general consumers.

Since then, we have launched products that utilize reinforced cardboard under the theme of "creating something unique," such as "@toilet," which is useful as a simple toilet in the event of a natural disaster, and "Tsuji Tachi-kun," which can be used as a stand when assembled.

Incidentally, there are only about 100 companies in Japan that handle reinforced cardboard. Among them, we are the only company engaged in the BtoC (Business to Consumer) business. The good thing about our products being featured in the media such as TV, newspapers, and magazines is that we were able to rediscover the appeal of reinforced cardboard. The realization that we are not normal in the world has brought us pride in "doing unique work".





  •  Please note that each item is made by hand, so there may be slight differences in colour and shape. Depending on your device and viewing environment, the colour and texture of the photo may look slightly different from the actual one.
     
  •  Do not use it as a chair. The pressure-resistant load is 1400kg (3086lbs), but the legs may bend because they are weak against twisting forces.
     
  •  It is advised to not place hot objects on the table. The film may result in becoming deformed or melted by the heat.
     
  •  The surface is water repellent, but the legs are not. The cardboard will suck up water from below and the cardboard will deteriorate. So be sure to not place it directly in a place where it can get wet. 


This Project is promoted by Japankuru Funding, Bringing Japanese Products to the West!

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Pledge ¥4,250 or more $39 | Early Bird ozen

Get your hands on the ozen table at 15% off future RRP
Choose the Pattern you want at the end of the project via the survey!
●Folding Screen - Byoubu
●Flower Playing Cards - Hanafuda
●Hokusai
●Checkered Pattern - Ichimatsu
●Calligraphy - Sho
●Matsunikumo
●Red-crowned Crane - Gunkaku
●Lacquer - Urushi
●Wood Grain -White
●Wood Grain -Brown
●Wood Grain -Orange

INCLUDES:
ozen table

Pledge ¥4,500 or more $42 | Kickstarter Special ozen

Get your hands on the ozen table at 10% off future RRP
Choose the Pattern you want at the end of the project via the survey!
●Folding Screen - Byoubu
●Flower Playing Cards - Hanafuda
●Hokusai
●Checkered Pattern - Ichimatsu
●Calligraphy - Sho
●Matsunikumo
●Red-crowned Crane - Gunkaku
●Lacquer - Urushi
●Wood Grain -White
●Wood Grain -Brown
●Wood Grain -Orange

INCLUDES:
ozen table

Pledge ¥8,000 or more $73 | Early Bird ozen x2

Get your hands on two ozen tables at 20% off future RRP
Choose the Patterns you want at the end of the project via the survey!
●Folding Screen - Byoubu
●Flower Playing Cards - Hanafuda
●Hokusai
●Checkered Pattern - Ichimatsu
●Calligraphy - Sho
●Matsunikumo
●Red-crowned Crane - Gunkaku
●Lacquer - Urushi
●Wood Grain -White
●Wood Grain -Brown
●Wood Grain -Orange

INCLUDES:
2× ozen table

Pledge ¥8,500 or more $78 | Kickstarter Special ozen x2

Get your hands on two ozen tables at 15% off future RRP
Choose the Patterns you want at the end of the project via the survey!
●Folding Screen - Byoubu
●Flower Playing Cards - Hanafuda
●Hokusai
●Checkered Pattern - Ichimatsu
●Calligraphy - Sho
●Matsunikumo
●Red-crowned Crane - Gunkaku
●Lacquer - Urushi
●Wood Grain -White
●Wood Grain -Brown
●Wood Grain -Orange

INCLUDES:
2× ozen table

Pledge ¥15,000 or more $137 | Super Early Bird ozen x4

Get your hands on the ozen table at 25% off future RRP
Choose the Patterns you want at the end of the project via the survey!
●Folding Screen - Byoubu
●Flower Playing Cards - Hanafuda
●Hokusai
●Checkered Pattern - Ichimatsu
●Calligraphy - Sho
●Matsunikumo
●Red-crowned Crane - Gunkaku
●Lacquer - Urushi
●Wood Grain -White
●Wood Grain -Brown
●Wood Grain -Orange

INCLUDES:
4× ozen table

Pledge ¥16,000 or more $146 | Early Bird ozen x4

Get your hands on the ozen table at 20% off future RRP
Choose the Patterns you want at the end of the project via the survey!
●Folding Screen - Byoubu
●Flower Playing Cards - Hanafuda
●Hokusai
●Checkered Pattern - Ichimatsu
●Calligraphy - Sho
●Matsunikumo
●Red-crowned Crane - Gunkaku
●Lacquer - Urushi
●Wood Grain -White
●Wood Grain -Brown
●Wood Grain -Orange

INCLUDES:
4× ozen table

Pledge ¥17,000 or more $155 | Kickstarter Special ozen x4

Get your hands on the ozen table at 15% off future RRP
Choose the Patterns you want at the end of the project via the survey!
●Folding Screen - Byoubu
●Flower Playing Cards - Hanafuda
●Hokusai
●Checkered Pattern - Ichimatsu
●Calligraphy - Sho
●Matsunikumo
●Red-crowned Crane - Gunkaku
●Lacquer - Urushi
●Wood Grain -White
●Wood Grain -Brown
●Wood Grain -Orange

INCLUDES:
4× ozen table

Pledge ¥21,000 or more $191 | Kickstarter Special ozen x6

Get your hands on the ozen table at 30% off future RRP
Choose the Patterns you want at the end of the project via the survey!
●Folding Screen - Byoubu
●Flower Playing Cards - Hanafuda
●Hokusai
●Checkered Pattern - Ichimatsu
●Calligraphy - Sho
●Matsunikumo
●Red-crowned Crane - Gunkaku
●Lacquer - Urushi
●Wood Grain -White
●Wood Grain -Brown
●Wood Grain -Orange

INCLUDES:
6× ozen table
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