Simplicity at its core.
"Design must dedicate itself to nature's principle of least effort, in other words, doing the most with the least."
- Victor Papanek "Design for the Real World"
My name is Kan Yamamoto, a graphic designer and woodworker based in the village of Tosayama, Kochi, Japan. I design and make all of our products.
After spending my twenties in Switzerland and Berlin practicing the fine arts and graphic design, I returned to my home in order to dig deep into my own cultural roots and to contribute to the local community.
In Japan, we have the tradition of utilizing paper in every aspect of daily life, from architecture to utensils. Although a piece of paper might be considered imperfect as a material because of its fragility, the real beauty lies in its versatility and the wisdom inherent in the design.
I created a universal tool for the world while staying true to Japanese tradition. Kamino Wallets are creative, sustainable, and simplicity in its purest form, merging the art of the Japanese paper folding “Origami,” and the material developed by modern technology to make a minimalistic wallet with maximum utility.
A change in our life often starts with the smallest step.
I hope a Kamino Wallet can be that step for you.
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By the way, “Kamino” means “Made of paper” in Japanese.
Check out my interview with Starter Story to know more about the story behind this project.
My story is also featured on the Side Hustle School, a podcast by Chris Guillebeau.
Our small workshop where everything is happening.
Our home: Tosayama Village, Kochi, Japan