Ibazen urushi lacquered table-top shelf
A fuki-urushi lacquered sakura (Japanese cherry) table-top shelf with curved corners, ideal for organising desk tops and dressing tables. Made entirely by the hand of Iba Takahito in Biei City, close to Asahikawa amongst the forests and highlands of Hokkaido. The shelf supports are fixed using dovetail joints, and the whole is coated by seven layers of natural urushi lacquer — the sap of Toxicodendron vernicifluum (Japanese sumac) — each requiring a minimum of 24 hours curing in a humidity and temperature controlled chamber. Approximately 40cm long, 10 cm deep, and 12cm high.