Tsubame Shinko Kogyo

Tsubame Shinko Kogyo Co., based in Tsubame-Sanjo, Niigata Prefecture, is an esteemed manufacturer specializing in metal cutlery and tableware. This region is reputed for its high-quality production, accounting for over 90 percent of Japan's domestic output in this industry.

About Tsubame Shinko Kogyo

The cutlery designs, rooted in Japanese aesthetics, excel in both functionality and beauty, and are crafted with meticulous attention to detail. These designs have been globally recognized for their excellence, garnering prestigious awards such as the Good Design Awards in Japan and the German iF Design Award. Some of their products are even featured in the esteemed collection of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, further underlining the high regard for their craftsmanship worldwide.

Throughout the significant economic changes of the 1960s, Tsubame Shinko Kogyo proved its adaptability by developing road reflectors using stainless steel mirror polishing technology, a technique also employed in their cutlery manufacturing, thereby diversifying their business into road signs and graphic signs. Through continuous innovation and commitment to quality, the company remains at the forefront of metal tableware manufacturing, enriching dining experiences with their remarkable cutlery globally.

Product Series of Tsubame Shinko Kogyo

Hutlery

Hutlery is a collection of gold and silver miniature items that depict the subtleties of leaves, merging function and art. The intricate molds are created by skilled craftsmen integral to Tsubame-Sanjo's tradition. Designed by Kaichiro Yamada of KAICHIDESIGN, whose work spans kitchenware to space design, aims to turn "discomfort" into "empathy." 

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MODERN WABI SABI

Inspired by Italian artist Alberto Burri, ceramic artist Yuka Nishida developed a series during her stay in Italy. This collection marries the Japanese "Wabi-Sabi" aesthetic with a modern twist, encapsulated in her "MODERN WABI SABI" technique. The pieces' texture and simplicity convey style while maintaining the naturalness of the materials.

URBAN

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.

Taisho Roman

This is one of Hirota Glass's most popular series, featuring patterns of clear glass and milky white glass. Only antique stores or Hirota Glass can offer the glassware with searing technique of milky white glass, which was popular in the Meiji and Taisho periods.

Karai

Meaning "flower bud," the products of this name are, as the name suggests, elegantly shaped like a bud of flowers. This glassware series are also combines traditional techniques and designs such as Edo Kiriko, essence of Taisho Romanticism, and “Kan-nyu” which Edo Glass technique that creates ice-like patterns.

Chirori

“Chirori" is a unique Japanese tool made of tin or copper for heating sake, but Hirota Glass has created a beautiful glass version. This series is made of heat-resistant glass and can be used both hot and cold.

Yukinohana

Means “Snow Flower”, is a Japanese word that expresses the image of snow crystals or snowdrops blooming in the snowfall. This is an emotional series made using the same molds that have been used by Hirota Glass since the Showa Period (1926-1989).

Uruoshi

It is a Japanese word meaning "water moisture”. It is a series of glass bottles made of highly transparent glass with a pure, clear atmosphere with a unique form.

Kagome

It is the name of a traditional Japanese pattern, meaning the mesh of a basket woven of bamboo, and has been an emblem to repel evil since ancient times. This product is a reproduction of an excellent piece of pressed glass (“Oshigata”) remaining from Hirota Glass's 50-year catalog.

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