- October 7, 2019
- 6:00 am
- 733 9th Avenue. NY(btwn west 49 & 50 in Hells Kitchen
Mr. Hiroyuki Hashino /Purveyor to Japanese Emperor
Hashino’s unique and innovative designs are crafted from a rare hardwood tree whose wood has a very beautiful grain and texture. In Japanese this tree, a member of the Birch family, is called “Onoore Kanba”, which means “breaking the hatchet birch”. Hashino’s products are made with careful consideration for their materials, shape and function produce a more beautiful and timeless result. Hashino often travels to the United States to introduce his products internationally. In 2012, he featured his products at Cherry Blossom Festival at Sakura Park, and also exhibited at American Craft Show in New York. In 2013, he received the Good Design Award. In 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019, Hashino received the Gold Award Omotenashi Selection. More than 30 years ago, Hashino produced his first wooden shoehorn and has been making these beautiful wooden tools with long, smooth carves ever since. In 2005, The Imperial Household Agency brought one of this signature pieces for the Emperor of Japan. Since then, three more sets of Hashino’s shoehorns have also been stocked at the prestigious Nara Hotel, where the Emperor regularly stays.
The exhibited works will include daily commodities; Hashino’s shoehorn introduced by the Imperial Household Agency to the Emperor and his twisted combs that he received the Gold Award Omotenashi Selection 2016 for, Kurimori’s female lunch boxes that he received the Good Design Award for and his sake bottles and cups he received the Long Life Design Award for, etc.
In 2019, Hashino started to partner with Brooklyn Brewery Japan and produced Wooden Brooklyn Brewery Cups.
Hashino’s products have been recognized internationally. They have been distributed in the United States, Asian and European countries.
Mr. Shunji KurimoriShunji Kurimori is a mage-wappa artisan with 46 years of experience and an 18 times winner of the Good Design Award, and an officially recognized Contemporary Master Craftsman. Committed to using traditional craftsmanship to meet the needs of today, Kurimori has come up with several groundbreaking mage-wappa desi
gns, including tapered cups and nesting food containers. A true innovator, he is driving the evolution of his craft.sing straight grain Akita Cedar, Mage-wappa art craft was first developed in the beginning of the 17th Century. Its first form took the shape of a lunch box made by a woodcutter in the Odate area of Northern Japan. The Lord of Odate Castle then encouraged the technique in a samurai’s work and it grew in popularity. In recent years the craft has been used as a base for the development of new techniques and modern design. Popular for its straight grain and light weight, the Akita Cedar used in these products is more than 250 years old.