Artisans in the Nagasaki prefecture town of Hasami have been manufacturing ceramics for over four centuries, and their revolutionary climbing kilns once produced the highest volume of daily-use cups, bowls and plates in Japan. In late 2012, Hasami’s Kyohei Baba asked us to create a new brand by designing a tableware collection. Kyohei recognized our acute appreciation for Japanese culture and our unique typographic perspective after the aesthetic and commercial success of our Hasami Morning Collection.
We found much of our inspiration quite literally in Hasami’s backyard—the trench filled with 400 years worth of cast offs and blemished items. Artifacts from Hasami’s ceramic trash pit are the best link to the past and one of the keys to Hasami’s future, so Kyohei named his new brand Monohara, which translates colloquially to “The trash pit next to the climbing kiln.”
Our efforts centered around preserving and celebrating Hasami’s collective culture while helping to establish a perpetually viable business and promoting it on an international level. We created custom artwork for each of the 15 pieces and did our best to backfill Hasami’s fabled trash pits by working through countless prototypes before achieving the best balance, scale and continuity in each item. The Monahara wordmark references the brushwork of Edo Era Hasami village artisans, whose latin letterforms evoked Hiragana sensibilities on Japanese products that were exported to Europe in the 19th Century.
The nesting ceramic collection includes five plate options, six bowl sizes, teacups, teapots, a compra bottle and a tenugui cloth. Three different hand-crafted Japanese Paulownia wood boxes are also available: One for the entire collection, one for a set of plates and one for a complete tea service.
MONOHARA by HOUSE INDUSTRIES EXHIBIT
October 15 to October 20, 2013, open from 12:00 to 7:00
Meet House’s Andy Cruz on October 19
Midori.so, 2F, 3F 3-3-11 Aobadai, Meguro, Tokyo, Japan
The Monohara collection will be available in the United States in December 2013.
Posted by Rich Roat on October 4, 2013