Vase by Nakagawa Mokkouegi

Third-generation woodworker Shuji Nakagawa at Nakagawa Mokkouegi in Shiga used a 700-year-old technique called Ki-Oke (or bucket-making) to craft these vases—in an edition of 30 unique pieces. Today there are just a few of these traditional artisans left—and unlike many of his peers, Nakagawa also uses the technique to create more modern objects like these. For this particular commission, we asked him to create a …

Tea Caddy

Known for their handmade tea canisters, Japanese brand Kaikado is now run by third-generation artisan, Takahiro Yagi. Their simple design creates a vacuum seal when they gently slide closed. We commissioned the brand to create 30 items with this very unique finish—using our original CH Omakase pattern. This marks the first time Kaikado was able to match a hand-engraved pattern and then cover it in …

COOL HUNTING EDITION Kiun Incense

COOL HUNTING commissioned Kazushi Iwasa, Kiun’s fifth-generation incense-maker in Takamatsu, Japan, to craft a unique incense for our annual limited edition gift series, Omakase, using natural indigo. The earthy, woody, musky scent is light and refreshing—and the incense does not drop ash as it burns, rather, it curls inward together. Of note, the Taro Tabuchi incense plate shown is not included with this two box …