Shaped by Hand in Tokyo – Copper, Brass & Tin Cans by SyuRo at OEN Shop
It’s been almost a year since I last mentioned SyuRo in any sort of format, but ironically they’ve been featured quite a bit in the store. I guess when I’m inspired by so many great topics sometimes the new or updated products in the shop get pushed to the side, so today I’m pleased to update you on some new works that have arrived from SyuRo.
Founded by interior designer Masuko Unayama in 2000, SyuRo is a small shop in her native district Torigoe, Tokyo selling designed everyday-products. Located in an area filled with classic typesetters, canning factories, cloth wholesalers and hardware stores, she was particularly inspired by the small family-run factories engaging in meticulous “monozukuri”, a unique Japanese manufacturing style which mainly means craftsmanship and dedication towards continuous improvement. With her goal being to retain the treasures of Japanese artisans, she decided to create a place for them to work where they can explore their skills at making high quality objects.
One area that they’ve excelled in is the production of traditional metal cans for the household, which are perfect for storing tea and other foods. Each one is shaped and hammered by hand before being polished and treated. Often I’m deterred from collecting objects that “gleam”, but with SyuRo’s cans what starts off as something quite brash and shiny softens over time, naturally oxidising and reacting to the oils in one’s hand. We’ve just restocked a selection of goods from SyuRo, and it’s amazing to compare these fresh new products with the ones that I use and function with in the office. The more that I use them the more that they change and develop over time, it’s a fantastic feeling. We hope you like them.