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Hinoki Shelf

Iwata Sanbou has been deeply involved with woodworking techniques for making Shinto ritual objects used in religious ceremonies since 300 years ago. Most objects are small in scale, but for this project we have taken on the challenge of developing a large scale furniture by reinterpreting the Hassokuan, an eight-legged pedestal used to make offerings to god and ancestors.

Hassokuan is handmade by a shinto ritual objects craftsman from uncoated solid hinoki (Japanese cypress), a tree native to Japan and is often used to construct sacred buildings (shrines and temples) and assembled without the use of metal fittings. Hinoki is susceptible to scratches and stains, but we hope you will enjoy the lustre its pure beauty acquires through repeated use.

We are releasing a wooden shelf in three different lengths to display beautiful objects. A discreet shelf yet has its own identity while enhancing the overall interior atmosphere. The three shelving boards laid across seemingly random pillars, like trees in a forest, allow people to imagine different size of objects to be curated.

The wood used to make a single unit is mostly made of the same timber of 200 year old hinoki , in order to create a beautiful aesthetic and a sense of unity in grain and colour. The scent of uncoated hinoki has a unique subtle earthy aroma with calming effects within your space.



For 300 years since its foundation, Iwata Sanbou Seisakusho has been deeply involved in the woodworking technique of making ritual implements used in shrine ceremonies. After experiencing sales, demonstrations and workshops at the ESPACE DENSAN showroom in Paris, the European base of the Association for the Promotion of Traditional Craft Industries in 2019, the company will 2022 Exhibit at 'MAISON&OBJET PARIS' in March. We saw the potential for overseas development of interior and kitchenware products made from sacred objects that are close to the historical background of Japan's unique 'Shinto' culture, and this time we took on the challenge of developing large-scale furniture.

The challenge of assembling a large shelf using unpainted materials to utilize the characteristics of the fragrant solid cypress, a tree native to Japan used in the construction of sacred buildings (shrines and temples), was only possible thanks to the traditional skills of the craftsmen who know the materials inside and out.