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Travelers’ Treasures / KAGO — Square — L (Shapeable basket)

Takaoka copperware has a 400-year history, but sales peaked in 1990, and have been falling ever since. To break out of this situation, Nousaku’s efforts in product development came up with the idea of tableware, including plates and cups, made out of tin.

Known as a high value metal, tin is normally mixed with other metals in products, which also increases hardness. However, it was this very weakness of tin that put its flexibility in focus. Although it may be a counterintuitive concept, if the metal will bend, then the idea is to make it into a product that can be bent and used.

This is the origin of KAGO, named with the Japanese word for basket, a bendable product made from 100 percent tin. Created with a novel idea of the Japanese combined with the traditional technology of Takaoka metal foundry, KAGO can be bent into a preferred shape, such as a fruit basket or wine bottle holder, for any lifestyle situation.

Price: ¥12,960

Manufacturer: NOUSAKU Corp. in Takaoka, Toyama Prefecture

(www.nousaku.co.jp/main/en/501400_kago_square_l/)

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