Collection of Wooden Cutlery by Tomoya Arai

Recently I’ve been on a search to find a traditional Japanese farmhouse to bring into our archive, as over the weekend I found myself watching back Birdling’s short film on Yoshihiro Takishita’s Minka which we shared in late February. If you missed this piece I’d recommend checking back, in the meantime I’m afraid my farmhouse search has remained fruitless in terms of content for the time being, although I did come across two Japanese creatives that I think you’re all going to enjoy.

The first of these is architect Terunobu Fujimori who’s work I’d really recommend researching, he combines the Japanese sensibility with lighthearted irony and is an individual who’s creations are certainly going to influence the way you look at architecture in the future. The second individual is Tomoya Arai who’s works are on somewhat of a smaller scale but are by no means lacking in substance or character as you can see in this delightful collection of handcrafted wooden cutlery.

Tomoya has been working as a tree carver since 2006 and currently resides in Kochi where he turns his hand to various wood working projects. This particular collection is currently on sale at the Kurasukoto online shop and features nine items in total. For the purpose of this post I thought I’d pick out a few of my favourites so I’d urge you to go and have a browse of the rest of the collection once you’re finished up here.

I think if you’ve got a love for items that have been put together by hand like we do you can appreciate how good this set really is. The light cherry wood which these have been carved out of is packed full of subtle details throughout the grain and a wonderful rich colouration that would make using these everyday items around dinner time an absolute joy. The third, forth and fifth images are actually intended to be part of the first set for a new born child, the kind of items you want to cherish and pass down through the family. I personally can’t wait to get my hands on a set, for more information or to order head on through the link below.


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