Large ihada shelf brackets (pair)
Pairs of hand poured sand-cast solid brass shelf brackets from a foundry founded in 1897 in the central Japanese city of Takaoka in Toyama Prefecture. With minimal chasing the castings are largely left ihada, which means with a raw cast surface maintaining any texture or discolouration naturally drawn from the sand into which the molten brass is poured; considered a guarantee of their solidity, veracity of manufacture, but also of their uniqueness. Supplied with fixings and in similar sized pairs, the brackets form part of a series of home-wares developed in partnership with Oji Masanori in order to raise awareness amongst a wider public of both the possibilities of the material and the remarkable skills of its artisan producers. In two sizes the smaller measuring approximately 120mm x 65mm x 30mm, the larger 180mm x 100mm x 30mm.