A playful cast iron bottle opener, in the shape of a crow, designed by renowned artist Tadahiro Baba in 1965.
Born in Nagano in 1930, Baba crafted many items out of Nambu tekki (cast iron), an ancient craft that originated about 900 years ago in Japan and was made more prominent by the Nambu clan, in Morioka City, in the northern part of the country, about 400 years ago.
All required materials, including iron sand, river sand, clay, lacquer and charcoal were locally available and so many artisans came from Kyoto - the capital of Japan at that time - to make buddhist altar articles, armors, and tea ceremony kettles.
Such production became so important that it soon came to be cherished as a gift to feudal lords.
Nembu cast iron.
Playful, useful and delicately beautiful at the same time, this bottle opener is the perfect synthesis of Baba’s philosophy, who wanted to create a “new relationship between human and things with harmony of design and material”.
10 cm x 3 cm x 3 cm