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AOYOSHI Tableware

Steel products with washed effects

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Illustration / Furze Chan
Translation / Ian Tsang



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Lovers of denim jeans, without exception, are captivated by the appeal of fades on the denim surface after washing, as if they were wearable living history. If the tableware we use on a daily basis can also leave traces of passing time, just as denim jeans can, who could resist their appeal?

Aoyoshi Co., Ltd., a 60-year-old manufacturer of mainly kitchen ware and cutting tools, is based in Tsubame city in Niigata prefecture, a major metal processing town in Japan. In recent years, Aoyoshi has released the VINTAGE series utilizing their polishing and processing skills, on which they pride themselves, to create denim-like fading effects on kitchen utensils and containers — arguably the sole company practicing this craft. On the catalog for this vintage series, you can find standard items such as cups, plates and cutlery, as well as cooking tools including stir-frying pans and pots, and even filter cups for making coffee and hand coffee grinders. This comprehensive range of tools on offer is bound to bring a breath of vintage air to your daily life.

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