“A nice utensil can purify its surroundings. They have the power to bring peace to the disquieted minds,” says the Japanese folk craft master Yanagi Sōetsu in his book The Philosophy of Folk Craft. To him, the beauty of utensils lies in their ability to make people stop and focus on understanding and appreciating their charm.
Tinware, by nature, can purify liquid. It would not come as a surprise to know that they can also purify the surroundings. Water and wine taste exceptionally refreshing when being served in tinware, it also serves as one of the best containers for storing tea leaves. Tin canister by the Japanese brand Moheim uses a high-density material that can protect the tea leaves from the effect of moisture and sunlight, making it ideal for maintaining the quality of the tea. The minimalist design and smooth surface make the canister a beautiful decoration to the tea table. Handmade by experienced artisans, the tin canisters are of supreme quality. Similar to leather, which gets more and more charismatic along with aging, tinware also gets more graceful after being used.
In addition to the purifying capabilities, tin wares are also known for their elastic properties with high heat conductivity. The century-old workshop Shimatani Syouryu Koubou first started out as a manufacturer specialized in making orin bowl gongs for Buddhist temples since its establishment in 1909. In recent years, the workshop is devoted to applying the tin-making techniques onto homewares. The brand Syouryu is then born to be dedicated to the production of Suzugami, which means tin paper in Japanese. As its name suggests, the product is thin like paper and freely malleable. The characteristics of tin are greatly manifested. By using different tools, the craftsmen hammer out patterns of snow, rain, and hail to add a poetic touch to the table arrangement. The repeated banging and polishing also make the tin so thin that one can easily bend into desired shapes for different types of food, without worrying the material would get worn off. The bright yet rustic tone of the tin paper is also ideal for holding accessories, or you can also roll it up to use as a vase. The icy look of the tinware is also a great apparatus to bring a cool vibe and in turn peace to people’s mind.
Moheim Tin Canister MIDWAY G/F, 132B Keelung Street, Sham Shui Po
Suzugami Tin Plate HOW 3/F, Block AB, How Ming Factory Building, 99 How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon 28051108