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inspired by trash | Monohara Ceramic Collection by House Industries

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In 2012 House Industries collaborated with Hasami on a collection steeped in kiln-fired Kelvins and centuries of tradition. What now marks their 2nd collaboration with the family-owned Japanese ceramic maker, House has unveiled their Monohara collection. The term – a form of Japanese ceramic industry jargon – literally means “the trash pit next to the kiln” and refers to a pit of defects or otherwise imperfect ceramics that have been discarded.

“We found much of our inspiration quite literally in Hasami’s backyard—the trench filled with 400 years worth of cast offs and blemished items,” says Andy Cruz of House Industries. “Artifacts from Hasami’s ceramic trash pit are the best link to the past and one of the keys to Hasami’s future.”

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The collection, which includes nesting bowls, teacups and teapots, will be on display at Midori.so in Tokyo, a collaborative workspace that we profiled just over 1 year ago. The exhibition will run from October 15 – 20. There are mode details over on the House Industries blog.

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“The Monahara wordmark references the brushwork of Edo Era Hasami village artisans, whose latin letterforms evoked Hiragana sensibilities on Japanese products that were exported to Europe in the 19th Century.”

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