Small ihada stationery tray
Hand poured sand-cast brass stationery trays in a choice of three sizes 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. The three trays can be used alone or as a set when they fit neatly together forming a larger rectangle. They are 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. This the smallest of the trays measures 87mm x 70mm with a depth of about 13mm.