|Nambu iron trivet and teapot by Roji Associates|
|Iron ornaments by Nobuho Miya for Kamasada : 1, 2 / 3|
|Yonabe Pot by Nobuho Miya for Kamasada|
Made by the same casting methods since the 17th century, each piece can last more than a hundred years with proper care, and even if broken it can be recast. I think that 'good design' in today's world should aim for this kind of durability and functionality, while maintaining harmony with the environment in both the production and use of an object.
|Bottle openers by : (clockwise from left) Nobuho Miya, Tadahiro Baba, and Tokyo-based Jurgen Lehl|
In addition to being useful, these cast iron pieces also carry quite a bit of decorative value. They emit a sense of timelessness, and the feeling of being close to nature - especially when the iron is paired with other raw materials like wood, wicker, or stone. You could think of these pieces as works of functional art, to be passed down through generations.
|Iron kettle (tetsubin) and trivet by Rikuchou Ogasawara|
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