"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.