Oke cup / Oke carafe / Uneven-oke Bucket by Nendo

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The Nakagawa Mokkougei is a traditional Japanese woodwork of cooper which consists of pails, buckets and other wooden items. The process is a 700 some year old technique that uses strips of wood arranged in circular form, then bound together either by a metal ring or bamboo piece. In honor of this long-lived craft a beautiful rendition by Nendo presents oke cup / oke carafe / uneven-oke bucket in October at Tokyo Design Week. Their new design observes a curved bottom which fits in your hand quite nicely. They are made of either traditionally used Japanese cypress (hinoki) or Jindai Cedar, which is a rare wood that reveals a dark color from being buried in the earth for more than 2,000 years. Like a band of glory, the metal ring glistens from being sandblasted to a matte texture followed by a coat of powdered paint.

Photographs  © Akihiro Yoshida

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Allison

Allison Parker is a proud stay at home mom maintaining a full schedule kissing boo boos and passing out hugs just because. Her days many times are spent between the garden and the kitchen. From a journey of learning whole food eating habits, she's taken on the challenges of baking bread, muffins and cakes from scratch and filling the cellar shelves with scores of her own canned goods each year. Writing is one of those things she does because its part of who she is. That and it's a nice break from the never ending work that comes with raising a family.

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