ISSUE 4  |  Danish Design

Design Visit: Oji Masanori in Japan

January 27, 2010 7:45 PM

BY Sarah Lonsdale

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Japanese designer Oji Masanori makes useful and beautiful everyday items such as bottle openers, tableware, cutting boards—what he calls "living objects"—drawing on the materials and skills of traditional Japanese craft. Select pieces are available online from Merchant 4 in the US and Mjölk in Toronto. See more of Masanori’s work at Oji & Design.

Above: Sculptural Solid Brass Bottle Openers.

Above: Kake Hoki handmade brooms made in Japan; rattan handle with all-natural broom straw. The small Kake Busho Broom is $60 and the large Kake Hoki Broom is $120 at Mjölk.

Above: Harimi Dustpan; Made of paper that is dyed with Japanese persimmon, which coats the pan with a waterproof sealant. The small size is CA$15 and the large is CA$20 at Mjölk.

Above: Kami M Cup; lightweight cups  made from Castor Aralia wood with a food-safe polyurethane coating inside; $42 each at Merchant No. 4.

Above: Utility Bucket.