VERTU Signature Auspicious: A Harmonious Blend of Nature's Elements and Cellphone Design
Urushi, (Japanese lacquer) is a term that is more broadly used to describe the craft of applying natural lacquer, derived from tree sap, to items often made of wood. These items may then be decorated further, using a variety of different techniques.
Murose learned urushi in earnest at the Tokyo University of the Arts and studied under the urushi master and Living National Treasure Matsuda Gonroku and Gonroku's principal student, Taguchi Yoshikuni. His works consist of modern and elaborate designs from nature such as plants and animals, and his innovative methods and skills earned through training and research for many years are fully used in his works which create a sophisticated and graceful atmosphere.
In 2008, the Japanese government recognized Murose Kazumi as a holder of the title of an important intangible culture. In addition to his creating activities, Murose has been involved in a wide range of activities such as preserving intangibly important Japanese culture and heritage through the preservation of national treasures and fostering capable successors and he has been at the forefront at home and overseas as one of the most esteemed urushi artists.
In 2010, to honor the first anniversary of our flagship 20-million yen store in Tokyo, VERTU collaborated with Kazumi on a new phone series. The limited-edition VERTU Signature Auspicious offers four seasonal designs in the artist’s intricate lacquer art. Each expresses the essence of spring, summer, autumn, or winter.
This unique blend is not only noticeable in appearance but also in the user experience. The feeling is as smooth as silk, and every touch is a perception of art. The nobility of lacquer and the exquisite craftsmanship of VERTU Signature Auspicious complement each other to create a feast of luxury and art.