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Soji wooden tableware designed by MUTE

Upon request from Unomatudo, an Ishikawa-based lacquer ware-maker with an 80-year history, Kenji Ito and Takahiro Umino of design unit MUTE have designed a wooden tableware set that consists of plates, bowls, boxes and canisters.

Aptly titled Soji (素地) – a term often used to describe greenware pottery before it’s been fired – the collection, contrary to the lacquer-finished pieces the company is known for, are all made from bare wood.

The pieces were on display at the 2011 Tokyo Giftshow last month.

The duo has also redesigned the company’s logo:

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