Drawing inspiration from his grandfather Lai Gao-shan’s mastery of the “stacking lacquer” technique, the team combines waste materials sourced from local households and agricultural and fishing industries to create “Re-ware Fusion Lacquer.” This reinvents the appearance of lacquer, yielding a product with remarkable depth, while fostering connections across various sectors, initiating new dialogues.


Traditionally, natural lacquer used readily available materials like clay and wheat. However, over time, it became a symbol of luxury. Lai Hsin-You believes, “Natural lacquer’s permeability and adaptable characteristics make it ideal for blending with waste materials, resulting in meaningful new materials.”


Using discarded paper cups with their coatings removed as the base, they blend powdered waste materials with colored lacquer. The “stacking lacquer” technique is then applied, layering these amalgams. Materials are sourced from a wide range of local suppliers, including discarded peanut shells from small-scale farmers in Chiayi, surplus wood shavings from furniture factories in Wufeng, oyster shells from the fishing industry, and common coffee grounds from households. The concept of locally sourced waste materials is used to convert these regional discards into valuable resources.

混合無用為用,凝聚可能之能的「Re-ware混凝漆」 循環工藝補助計畫-光山行


The “Re-ware Fusion Lacquer” combines colored lacquer with various waste materials, each resonating with the five elements. It blends contemporary geometric designs with gold leaf embellishments, creating a piece with both Zen-like and wabi-sabi aesthetics.


In its production process, the ideas of “nurturing new life” and “fusion regeneration” are emphasized. If a piece gets damaged or if consumers want to retire it, they can return it to Kousan Craft. Here, items are either refurbished or transformed into new “Fusion Lacquer” products, forming a virtuous zero-waste cycle.