These butter cases are a beautiful and functional addition to any kitchen or dining table. Designed by Oji Masanori, a renowned designer, the cases are elegantly crafted by local artisans in Hokkaido, using wood from the surrounding environment. The pared-back design emphasizes function over form and harks back to simpler times.
One notable feature of the butter case is its snug-fitting lid at a 45-degree angle to prevent clogging. The finish is smooth and every corner and edge is rounded with gentle details, which adds a wabi-sabi feel to the piece.
These butter cases come with a wooden butter knife and a food-grade polyurethane oil finish, ensuring that they are safe for use with food. The dimensions of the case are W: 14.8 x D: 8.4 x H: 4.4 cm.
About Takahashi Kougei, Woodworking
Takahashi Kougei is known for its delicate products made using highly sophisticated woodturning techniques passed down from earlier generations. It offers simple woodenware that fit effortlessly into modern lifestyles.
The lwood used in Takahashi Kougei products is purchased while the trees are still growing in the mountains. After felling, the wood is seasoned for several years to allow for warping or shrinking before being used in a product. Takahashi Kougei also provides thorough after-sales care, repairing any cracked utensils or reapplying tableware urethane coating for a fee, in the hope that the utensils will be used for at least as long as the time it took for the trees in Asahikawa to grow.
Takahashi Kougei is a Japanese company that specializes in crafting wood products using refined lathing techniques. They use high-quality Hokkaido-grown trees to create simple and functional wood items, and their attention to detail is one of their hallmarks.
The company was founded in 1965 by woodturner Shoichi Takahashi, and initially produced table legs and ornamental pillars. However, with the downturn in the domestic furniture market, they shifted their focus to wood cups and sugar pots using lathes in the 1980s, becoming the founder of the Asahikawa group of wood tableware makers.
These wood items have a modern sensibility that enables them to blend naturally into contemporary lifestyles, and they bring warmth to any environment. However, it's important to note that they are not microwave or dishwasher-safe and should be hand washed only. Takahashi Kougei products are made in Japan.