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Design Oji Masanori
Manufacturer Takahashi Kougei
Made in Asahikawa, Kamikawa Subprefecture, Hokkaido, Japan
Dimensions W 148mm x D 84mm x H 44mm
Colour & Materiality Oiled walnut
The 45° Butter Case has no corners. Available in Japanese maple. The Butter Case makes a wonderful companion at breakfast and can be put back in the fridge when not in use. The 45° Butter Case comes with a matching wooden butter knife with a rounded edge specifically designed to fit the corners of the butter case scooping up every last morsel of butter.
Kakudo, meaning “angle”, is a series of everyday living products inspired by the function and form created by angles. Octagon-shaped dishes have a 140° angle while the butter dish features a 45° angle. These lines are softened by a slightly rounded corner edge.
The Kakudo series is designed by Oji Masanori and handcrafted by artisan Hidetoshi Takahashi, from his studio “Takahashi Kogei”, based in Asahikawa, a city famous for its woodwork industry.
Takashi-san buys local lumber and cuts, and dries them in his yard over several years to avoid warping and shrinkage. He selects the best parts of the wood and manually creates the products one by one.
Oji Masanori is a Japanese designer with a special interest in the objects of everyday life—his design process involves careful consideration of the lives of its users and the manufacturing process by which it’s created. Professionally trained in calligraphy and architecture, he founded his studio in 2004 after working for several years as an architect and graphic designer. His work is strongly influenced by Japan’s rich history of craft while looking to the future of industry.