'Karmi' Wood Container by Gato Mikio
The region of Yamanaka in Ishikawa is known throughout Japan for the quality of its work in wood.
In contrast to the thick application of lacquer in the Wajima style, also in Ishikawa, Yamanaka lacquerware brings forward the character of the material.
Gato Mikio - originally founded in 1908 as a sawmill - is an established name in the Yamanaka wood work scene.
Its particular focus is in creating the most beautiful silhouettes, and in presenting the lines of the wood in an attractive, classic yet contemporary fashion.
This wood container is from Gato Mikio's 'Karmi' series.
The inspiration here is the concept of karumi (literally: 'lightness') in the work of 17th century haiku poet Matsuo Bashō. It is expressed as a fond simplicity in accepting the travails of daily life. In this design, Gato Mikio, aspire to an unassuming and smooth beauty that, as in all their work, emphasises the material.
The piece has dimensions of diameter 100mm by 44mm height.
The wood is Japanese cherry birch (Betula grossa), with two different colour finishes: fuki (a rich brown), and sumi (a charcoal black). The wood is coated, and the case can store around 50g of tea, or other small items.