Saibi Tray - Black
The Saibi series of trays and cups are a collaboration between Danish designer Lars Vejen and Gato Woodworks celebrating 150 years of diplomatic relationships between Denmark and Japan. Sharing a slightly more minimalist aesthetic than Gato’s typical offering, they are designed to provide a uniquely tactile experience while elevating everyday items.
Gato’s collection of Japanese wood and lacquer works is native to the Yamanaka region of Japan. The centuries-old manufacturing process is as delicate and detailed as the pieces themselves. From precise carving to meticulous lacquering, modern Japanese woodworking molds traditional methods into contemporary shapes. The results are elegant, amazingly lightweight pieces that are as functional as they are beautiful.
Materials: Sen Wood
Dimensions: H: 1.85”, D: 12.99”
Care: Hand-wash with mild soap. Not microwave or dishwasher safe.
Sashiko Embroidered Place Mat
This placemat was created through a collaboration between artist Toshiyuki Fukuda and sashiko embroidery artisan Kenichi Ohazama. Fukuda and Ohazama utilized a wide range of techniques to translate abstract illustrations onto fabric with mathematical precision. The sturdy textile is made from 100% cotton woven into a strong quilted jacquard weave that easily washes away spills. Each Sashiko placemat is individually cut from a larger textile, making each pattern slightly different from the others.
About Sashiko Embroidery
Sashiko, which translates to “little stabs” in Japanese, is a hand-sewing technique that originated in ancient Japan. Sashiko stitches were traditionally used to decorate and repair homespun peasant clothes in times where resources were scarce. Using geometric patterns with common motifs like waves, mountains, bamboos, or overlapping diamonds, sashiko combined decoration with reparation, with its resulting beauty demanding to know: why just mend and make do when you can mend and make better?
Materials: 100% cotton
Dimensions: 17.72" L x 11.81 W
Care: Machine wash in cold water with similar colors and gentle detergent.
Bento Box 500mL
This simple yet handsome bento box will make even the most mundane lunch a feast for your eyes. It features a movable partition for keeping wet and dry separate and a natural wooden lid made from aged cedar harvested from Kochi Prefecture.
Bento is a typically homemade meal that is common in Japanese cuisine that is served in single-portion containers or boxes that range from pre-packaged and disposable bento boxes bought at convenience stores, to artisan-made boxes. Many people put significant time and effort into bento boxes for their loved ones, and there are currently many different styles of bento.
Materials: Polypropylene, Natural Wood (Cedar)
Dimensions: 7" L x 3.43" W x 2.36" H
Care: Only the main body and partition can be used in the microwave or dishwasher.
Hirota Glass Butter Case
This butter dish is made from tinted Edo-style glass by one of Japan’s longest-running glass manufacturers. Its ashwood top fits snuggly and is perfect for holding more than just butter.
About Hirota Glass
Hirota Glass company is a specialist in Kiriko cut glassware. Since their founding in 1899, they strive to combine Japanese tradition with European glassmaking techniques. The result is high-quality products that are based in tradition while looking toward the future.
Materials: Glass, Ash Wood
Dimensions: L: 5.9” x W: 3.54” x H: 2.28”
Care: Handwash, Do not microwave with lid
Linen Textured Porcelain Vase - Linen
These remarkably thin vases and vessels are a modern representation of traditional “Arita Ware”. To achieve their unique texture, skilled artisans imprint fabric (in this case linen) onto the exterior. This process gives each vessel a familiar feeling and softened aesthetic. Despite being thin enough to be transparent and being less than half the weight of similar pieces, these vessels are strong and can be handled with confidence.
About Arita Ware
The town of Arita in Saga prefecture has a long history of porcelain manufacturing that is thought to date back to the early 16th century. It is said that the first white, hard-paste ceramics in Japan were made here. The spiritual tradition and pride of producing Arita ware has kept it alive throughout the generations, and authentic pieces are still in high-demand to this day.
Dimensions: Small: 1.69” Diameter x 3.74” Height, Medium: 2.36” Diameter x 4.72” Height, Large: 3.74” Diameter x 5.91” Height
Care: Wash regularly with warm water and mild detergent and dry thoroughly. A small amount of bleach can be used for stubborn stains. Porcelain may crack if exposed to rapid heating or cooling.