"Tsubame Stainless Steel Small Items"
The Hutlery series of stainless steel small items are made by Tsubame Shinko, a company located in Tsubame-Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture, an area located in the center of Niigata Prefecture that is known for its production of cutlery, metalwork and western tableware. This area boasts more than 90 percent of the domestic production of metal tableware.
Hutlery is a series of gold and silver small items that express the soft curves, undulations, and thinness of leaves, combining functionality and formative arts.
The molds from the delicate designs are made by skilled mold craftsmen who are indispensable to the traditional crafts of Tsubame-Sanjo.
It was designed by Kaichiro Yamada, a Japanese designer who runs KAICHIDESIGN. Aiming to design interior products that transform "discomfort" into "empathy," he has been involved in a wide range of projects including kitchenware, miscellaneous goods, furniture, and space design.
He has received numerous international design awards, including Japan's Good Design Award, the Red Dot Design Award in 2010, and the Asia Design Award in 2012.
Series created by Arita ware ceramic artist Yukari Nishida during her stay in Italy, inspired by the 20th-century Italian painter and sculptor Alberto Burri. The series is influenced by the concepts of "cracks" and "texture." Combining the Japanese sense of "beauty in imperfection" (Wabi-Sabi) with a modern touch, it introduces a unique technique called "MODERN WABI SABI." The texture and simple form of the pieces showcase a stylish aesthetic while preserving the natural feel of the materials, without being overly earthy.
Although this series boasts a fresh design, it is a long-standing favorite that has been cherished for over 30 years. Imagined with words like bold, lively, rustic, and warmth, it has been designed to harmonize with the world of Japanese pottery. Alongside its stylish design, its high functionality also contributes to its popularity, delivering an easy-to-use product.