Mast Humidifier by Shin Okada

This weekend New York was hit with a bout of cold weather. All the stations were hyping it as the coldest temperatures of the winter so far. We figured, if not now, when do we succumb to the corrupt border-town sheriff, also known as central heating? So we reluctantly flipped on the switch and, as we heard the motor begin to hum, immediately sensed the iron hand descend, securing us from the outside frost for the price of every last penny of moisture.

We have yet to find a humidifier that we like because every crappy one becomes a cesspool of bacteria within days. And all the other ones are either too bulky, too ugly or too expensive. Until today. Meet Mast, an exquisite creation of pure Hinoki (Japanese Cypress), recently designed by Shin Okada and crafted by Masuya Koubou. Known for its high-quality timber, rot-resistant qualities and lemony scent, the thinly sliced Hinoki mast absorbs water from the hull and diffuses it, and its intrinsic aroma, into the room. And it goes without saying, but no electricity needed.  I am willing to bet money that it will look more elegant than the damp washcloth draped over my ceiling fan.

You can purchase it here.

20 Comments

  1. this is so sweet! and i love your blog. hope you don’t mind if i link you on mine…do drop by if you have a chance!

    cheers
    art spot ・

    http://art-revue.blogspot.com

  2. this is so sweet! and i love your blog. hope you don’t mind if i link you on mine…do drop by if you have a chance!

    cheers
    art spot ・

    http://art-revue.blogspot.com

  3. Johnny

    January 12, 2010 at 10:06 am

    thanks for stopping by faye! I love your blog. Very eclectic!

  4. I LOVE this product. Is there anyplace in the US we can buy? I’d love to feature this product on my web/blog too, if my readers can get it easily. They should export to the US if they don’t already. Thank you for your inspirational and very cool products!

  5. I LOVE this product. Is there anyplace in the US we can buy? I’d love to feature this product on my web/blog too, if my readers can get it easily. They should export to the US if they don’t already. Thank you for your inspirational and very cool products!

  6. Johnny

    January 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Unfortunately the product is only available in Japan and if the company is anything like typical Japanese companies they probably don’t have the resources or will to export :-(

  7. what an amazing product….great find!

  8. what an amazing product….great find!

  9. I wish it was available in the US. It’s great!

  10. I wish it was available in the US. It’s great!

  11. I would order some (several) today if I could read Japanese! I don’t know what boxes to click.

  12. I would order some (several) today if I could read Japanese! I don’t know what boxes to click.

  13. Johnny

    January 30, 2010 at 11:12 am

    the vendor has notified me that they will be available shortly on this website!
    http://www.samuraiblack.com/provider/masuya/

  14. WHERE IN NEW YORK CITY ARE THEY SOLD AND AT THE PRICE??????

  15. WHERE IN NEW YORK CITY ARE THEY SOLD AND AT THE PRICE??????

  16. Johnny

    January 30, 2010 at 11:50 am

    Jesse – we are being told to check back on this website where they should become available shortly. My guess is they will go for about $70.

    http://www.samuraiblack.com/provider/masuya/

  17. Excellent! Great article, I already saved it to my favourite,

  18. Very nice design. what particular location this is available?

  19. You saved my alot of time thank you so much for sharing your experience.

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