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Daniel Bürgin

Born in Switzerland in 1963, Daniel has lived in Tokyo for many years. He is a successful entrepreneur and writer, descended from a family of blacksmiths, perhaps a reason why he enjoys running a business as much as he loves craftsmanship. In his view, today's artists are the intellectual descendants of the artisans and master craftsman of old; when all they produced, however well rendered or beautiful, had first and foremost to be functional and of a superior quality. Daniel is striving to reintroduce functionality as a key attribute of art.

Daniel is a versatile writer, his books range from interesting folkloric tales, essays to a post Tsunami analysis. His writing is greatly influenced by his need to both observe and to capture his observations on paper, as much as his drive to create a story or a new life. He loves the endless iterative process, the genesis of words that are powerful, forming a new reality, more real sometimes, than reality itself.

For Daniel, there are parallels between writing and other, more physical crafts. Both require creativity and in particular the perseverance to form and polish the item into shape and meaning, whether a sentence or a physical object. And so writing is as much as an art as, for example, pottery. It's visual too: first one has to see, then one can pen down. The reading that follows is also visual as images start to appear in the reader's mind. Reading is also tactile, holding a book in one's hand, touching and turning the pages, or following the texture of a fine binding with a finger.

Storytelling led directly to Daniel's interest in collecting. For Daniel, only an object that has a story, or which, upon seeing, can inspire the imagination to create a story, can become a true collectable. There is a theme to Daniel's Collection. All items, both old and new, whether from an established or unrecognised artist have appealed aesthetically and because of an item's unique quality. Daniel's acquisitions first enter his own collection for some time, before being passed on. Some pieces might never leave, or only after years of ownership.