+  Taku Shinomoto

photo credit: Lou Mora for Kinfolk Magazine

photo credit: Lou Mora for Kinfolk Magazine

After more than a decade working in Japan’s corporate design industry, Taku Shinomoto and his wife Keiko became aware of a problem in their surroundings. While humans are living longer, the objects we create are rarely able to keep pace. So they decided to break from their shells, quit their stable full-time jobs with no future plans and embark upon a journey, determined to discover what life had in store. The Shinomotos focus on supplying items that will last for generations to come, and ones that they would want for their own home.

The Hasami Porcelain collection integrates tradition and modernity in innovative tableware. Inspired by traditional Japanese lacquered wood nesting boxes used to serve and store food, simple geometry and the concept of modularity are the basis for this collection. Characterized by clean lines and an aesthetic that is both highly modern and deeply seeded in Japanese pottery tradition, each piece is designed to be versatile and stackable. The result of the interchangeability of the products is not only highly functional, but also aesthetically pleasing with the even stacks providing a sense of calm and serenity to a cupboard or counter space.