With my trip to Japan planned for next month, I am inspired by what is made in Japan. Hidetoshi Takahashi has built a strong reputation for his exquisite wood work. His studio located in Asahikawa, Japan. Luckily for you, you will not need to go to Japan to get your hands on many of the tableware he produced. They are available from a NYC online retailer, Merchant4.
Hidetoshi Takahashi worked with Japanese tableware designers, mainly Rina Ono and Masanori Oji to create exquisite cups, plates, trays and bowls. As you can see from the pictures, the collection at Merchant4 fits the western eating habits while maintaining the Asian flair.
Hidetoshi Takahashi uses Castor Aralia wood and applies a food-safe polyurethane coating inside. For now, Merchant4 carries Cara and Kami. They shared on their blog that new items are coming soon. I am looking forward for the ice cream cups and goblets.
+ Hidetoshi Takahashi’s Cara cup and bowl $44 to $52 USD at Merchant4
+ Hidetoshi Takahashi’s Kami cups $30 to $42 USD at Merchant4
+ photo: Breakfast set by Masanori Oji (Oji & Design)
+ photo: Kami collection by Oji & Design
+ photo: Cara collection by Rina Ono
+ other photos: Hidetoshi Takahashi
JuliMarch 12, 2010 at 16:11
We sell the Oji Masanori Kami Collection in our shop, mjolk, in Toronto. Visit our website (we have an entire section dedicated to Japan)! They have to be seen and touched because they are gorgeous!
At Home with Kim ValleeMarch 12, 2010 at 17:12
Juli: It is good to know. I did not understand that part from your tweet. I marked down your store as a place to visit the next time I am in Toronto.