I-Hada paper weight, Rhombus
A hand sand-cast brass paper weight from a foundry established in 1897 in the Japanese city of Takaoka in the Toyama Prefecture. With minimal chasing, the castings are left largely ‘I-Hada: with a raw cast surface maintaining any texture or discolouration drawn from the sand into which they were poured — a manifestation of their solidity, manufacture, and also their uniqueness. Designed by Oji Masanori to produce modern ‘livingware’ using centuries old tradition and craftsmanship. The Rhombus weight measures approximately 35mm x 35mm x 35mm.