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Rattan Outdoor Cookware

Matsunoya

Words / Phaedrus Lam
Photography / Courtesy of Matsunoya
Translation / Fanny Chan

對生活雜貨迷而言,「松野屋」是個熟悉不過的名字,這家開業於1945年的老店,目前已輪到第三代目在經營,店內販售的生活雜貨,通通是以竹、茅草、木頭等天然材質,所生產成的餐具和器皿,均是不致於過度雕啄,總是保留著樸質和手作感的「荒物」(註)。至於今天要帶來的「松野屋」商品,卻不像「松野屋」的固有風格,並不以居家生活為情景,而是一套適合帶出野外開伙的鍋組系列。

這一組五件的藤編戶外炊具,包含了大中小三個帶手柄的鍋子,以及一大一小的餐盤,其以陽極氧化鋁處理過,同時具備防鏽,傳熱快以及輕質的優點於一身。而雖然有五件炊具之多,但通過疊層的收納方式,可以像俄羅斯套娃般把鍋組五合為一,增加攜帶的便利性。不過講到這套鍋組最撩人的地方,還是鍋柄細意編織的藤編,除卻防燙的實用考量,藤料帶來樸質,馴化了鋁金屬予人的冰冷感,為器具帶來了意外的溫度,儘管是戶外用的商品,終究還是對應到「荒物」的意境。

Founded in 1945, Matsunoya is a celebrated and well known name to those who are big fans of lifestyle products. The family-run business, which is currently in its third generation, sells household products that are crafted with natural materials such as bamboo, cogon grass and wood. Among their variety of products, the tableware and containers carry no unnecessary polishing but simply showcase the simplicity and craftsmanship of aramono (see note below). As for the product featured in this article, it is not a typical Matsunoya household product meant for normal daily use, but rather, a set of pots and utensils that are designed for cooking in the wilderness.

The set of five includes three pots with rattan handles in large, medium and small sizes, and also two dining plates in large and small sizes. Made with anodized aluminum, the set is corrosion resistant, light weight and has high thermal conductivity. Even though the set comes with five pieces, it is easy to carry around as you can stack the pieces like Russian stacking dolls. The nicely woven rattan handles are the most visually appealing part of the pots. Besides its anti-scalding nature, the rattan softens the coldness that is normally associated with aluminum designs, and it brings along a sense of simplicity and warmth. Despite being designed for the outdoors, this set of cookware fits well with the definition of aramono in terms of its simplicity and craftsmanship.

註:松野屋第三代主理人松野弘,用「荒物」形容日常生活的民生用品。「荒物」一詞原為日本方言,而「荒」一字則帶有粗糙、原始、未經琢磨的意思。

Note: Matsuno Hiroshi, the third-generation owner of Matsunoya, uses the word aramono to describe the miscellaneous items we use daily. Aramono originated from a Japanese dialect and it is used to describe an object at its rustic and raw state without any processing or polishing.