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In Boxes

A Collection of Japanese Craft Boxes

May 13-17, 2015

Nalata Nalata is pleased to present In Boxes, a group exhibition of Japanese craft boxes.

Boxes… they come in various shapes, textures, colors and materials. We use boxes in large and small scales on a daily basis – to transport our lunches, store food, offer gifts, and to organize all kinds of items from stationary to reading glasses. There is a fascinating quality to boxes because of the mystery of what they contain or the potential of what they can hold. The possibilities within such a simple object are endless. The thrill of discovering the purpose of a box or what is inside, is what interests us the most.

In preparation for NYCxDESIGN week, we’ve brought together a selection of finely crafted containers from Japan for this upcoming exhibition. Amongst some of the objects on display will be cedar green tea boxes, lacquered food storage containers, glass display cases, hand painted ceramic jewelry boxes, and a collection of hand carved bento boxes.

We are also delighted to announce the inclusion of a collection of wood business card holders and tea cases by the renowned Hokkaido based craftsman, Norio Tanno. Made of exotic wood species, these are amongst some of his rarest works. As the artisan nears closer to retirement he strives to pass down his knowledge and skills in woodworking to his son, Masakage Tanno, who is also well known for his intricate wood boxes, most notably the award winning one-push pen holder called the Free Case.

A collaborative series of Shaker Boxes will also be unveiled on opening day. Our appreciation for the utilitarian aspects of Shaker objects, especially something as simple as a storage container, was inspiration for this project. Crafted with function in mind, these bentwood Shaker-style boxes have swallowtail projections and copper tacks to prevent rusting and increase durability as they are meant to be for daily use. These representative Shaker details paired with a variety of wood types like rich ebonized walnut, and smooth maple, is our take on a well-loved classic storage box for the home.

Every object featured in the exhibition will have a specific usage but are all connected by the fact that they are in essence used as a container suitable for everyday use, to be filled with objects, food, personal accessories, or whatever odds and ends one desires. It is our hopes that viewers will find special meaning in each intricately made work and realize that within each piece lies limitless potential that makes it more than just a box.

View a recap of the event here.

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Tea Case - Cherry
Tea Case - Cherry

Tea Case - Cherry

Norio Tanno

I am a Cherry Tea Case. I’m multi-faceted and full of surprises. Just when you think you’ve seen it all, out comes another layer.  

$550
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Tea Case - Walnut
Tea Case - Walnut

Tea Case - Walnut

Norio Tanno

I am a Walnut Tea Case. They say it's written in the tea leaves but I can't write. What's better are my dual layered powers that seal in all teas tight.  

$560
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Toothpick Case - Walnut
Toothpick Case - Walnut

Toothpick Case - Walnut

Masakage Tanno

I am a Walnut Toothpick Case. To all those who have places to go, people to see, grab a toothpick for good measure and don’t forget about me.  

$130
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Free Case - Japanese Oak (OUT OF STOCK)
Free Case - Japanese Oak (OUT OF STOCK)

Free Case - Japanese Oak (OUT OF STOCK)

Masakage Tanno

I am a Japanese Oak Free Case. Set me free! All it takes is one magical touch.   

$185
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Free Case - Walnut (OUT OF STOCK)
Free Case - Walnut (OUT OF STOCK)

Free Case - Walnut (OUT OF STOCK)

Masakage Tanno

I am a Walnut Free Case. Set me free! All it takes is one magical touch.   

$185
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Business Card Case - Chinese Quince
Business Card Case - Chinese Quince

Business Card Case - Chinese Quince

Norio Tanno

I am an Chinese Quince Business Card Case. I'll make a case for any networking party.  

$240
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Business Card Case - Bird's Eye Maple (OUT OF STOCK)
Business Card Case - Bird's Eye Maple (OUT OF STOCK)

Business Card Case - Bird's Eye Maple (OUT OF STOCK)

Norio Tanno

I am an Bird's Eye Maple Business Card Case. Never leave your house without me. Who knows who you'll meet.  

$250
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"Tutu" Soji Tall Red Canisters

Mute Studio for Hatashikki

We are Tutu, a series of Tall Red Canisters. I don’t mind carrying the load. I’m always up for a good time!   

Starting at $90

"Hako" Soji Wide Red Containers

Mute Studio for Hatashikki

We are Hako, a series of Wide Red Canisters. Warning! Wide load coming through.  

Starting at $70
Gohanbitu Rice Chest
Gohanbitu Rice Chest

Gohanbitu Rice Chest

Hatashikki for Hatashikki

I am a Gohanbitu Rice Chest. The beauty lies within the grain. With a little work and patience you will find the treasure.  

$295
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Green Tea Box - 5k
Green Tea Box - 5k

Green Tea Box - 5k

Azmaya

I am a Green Tea Box. Think green and think outside the box and you’ll have two important keys to success!  

$165
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Tissue Box
Tissue Box

Tissue Box

Azmaya

I am a Tissue Box. Is that a sniffle I hear? Is somebody sick? I’m here to help wipe away all of your tears.  

$125
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Rice Bin - 5kg
Rice Bin - 5kg

Rice Bin - 5kg

Azmaya for Matsuda Kiribako Co

I am a 5kg Rice Bin. Put all the grains in the loony bin because one thing’s for sure, I’m crazy about rice.  

$140
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Haribacco - Set (OUT OF STOCK)
Haribacco - Set (OUT OF STOCK)

Haribacco - Set (OUT OF STOCK)

Ryo Kashiwazaki for Hender Scheme

I am a Haribacco Box Set. Mementos and keepsakes, doodads and thingamajigs. Whatever widget you’ve got, we’ve got a safe place for it!  

$165
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Shaker Box - Small
Shaker Box - Small

Shaker Box - Small

Ryo Kashiwazaki for Hender Scheme

I am a small Shaker Box. They say that in a gentle way you can shake the world.  

$320
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Toothpick Holder
Toothpick Holder

Toothpick Holder

Mikiya Kobayashi for Dreamy Person Inc.

I am a Toothpick Holder. With great highs come great lows. Much like the ocean’s tide, I bring relief in waves.  

$35
Katsubako Bonito Shaver
Katsubako Bonito Shaver

Katsubako Bonito Shaver

Makoto Koizumi for Ambai

I am a Katsubako Bonito Shaver. Something smells fishy around here. I'm here to crack the case, flake by flake.   

$190
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Salt and Pepper Shakers (OUT OF STOCK)
Salt and Pepper Shakers (OUT OF STOCK)

Salt and Pepper Shakers (OUT OF STOCK)

Makoto Koizumi for Asahineko

We are Salt and Pepper Shakers. Have you ever seen a tag team as good as us? Just give us a little shake here, a little shake there, and dinner’s now served to perfection!  

$50
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Sgraffito Treasure Box - White Lotus (OUT OF STOCK)
Sgraffito Treasure Box - White Lotus (OUT OF STOCK)

Sgraffito Treasure Box - White Lotus (OUT OF STOCK)

Momoko Otani

I am a White Sgraffito Treasure Box. Not all treasure is silver and gold.  

Starting at $95
Sgraffito Large Oval Container (OUT OF STOCK)
Sgraffito Large Oval Container (OUT OF STOCK)

Sgraffito Large Oval Container (OUT OF STOCK)

Momoko Otani

I am a Sgraffito Large Oval Container. The answer is within.  

$630
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