For the Love of Hasami
When we first got started a few years ago, one of TypeO’s first loves was Hasami Porcelain, designed by Taku Shinomoto in Venice, California. He and his wife Keiko run Tortoise, a general store we hope to visit someday.
We first came across the stackable ceramic-porcelain blend tableware on one of those crisp and clear fall days. The location was San Francisco, and the time of day was early afternoon.
We had just had a long lunch at Nopalito on Broderick with some of our best friends and slowly made it back on foot to our temporary San Francisco abode. It was then and there we first saw Hasami Porcelain, in the window of men’s fashion store Welcome Stranger on Gough Street.
Since we introduced the Venice-born, Japan-made ceramics, Scandinavia seems to have been struck by a Hasami-love wave, as many of the above Instagram posts below show. So why can’t we, and many others, seem to get enough? We believe it has to do with the clean lines, tactile material, multi-functionality and the fact that it is timeless and cool, without being overly trendy.
Text: Magnus Wittbjer Photography: Micha van Dinther