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AOYOSHI Tableware

Steel products with washed effects

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

鐘情丹寧褲的人,無一不是著迷於布料洗水舊化後、表面變得斑駁的魅力,彷若是可以著穿在身上的活歷史。而如果生活中的器物,能有如丹寧褲般刻鑿出時間痕跡,試問有誰又能免疫?

來自日本金屬加工重鎮的新潟縣燕市,青芳製作所是一家有六十年歷史的工廠,以食器和刀具生產為主。近年青芳製作所推出「VINTAGE」系列,以他們自豪的打磨加工技術,為其金屬食器和盛器帶來丹寧洗水般的效果,可謂是只此一家的獨門工藝。在「VINTAGE」的型錄上,從最基本的杯盤和餐具,烹調用到的炒鍋和湯鍋,以及泡咖啡專用的濾杯和手動磨豆機都包含在內,其包羅萬有的生活器具,為日常增添上一份復古的時間氣息。

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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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