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Forging Shadows

Handcrafted Metal Works by Studio Tint

October 5-12, 2018

Nalata Nalata is excited to announce Forging Shadows, the first US exhibition of Takayoshi Narita of Studio Tint. To encounter Takayoshi Narita’s work is to find oneself questioning how poetry can be forged from the prosaic.

Iron and steel, both dense, hard bodied materials, instill heavy, industrial associations in our minds. We don’t imagine the delicate edges that can be hammered from an elemental block. Nor do we question the overwhelmingly uniform textures these materials bear in the forms they are so often presented to us in. Yet, iron can be delicate and soft; steel: light and graceful; perhaps most surprising, both these materials can bear the unique marks of an artisan’s hand.

Viewing Narita-san’s collection reveals the depth that can be contained in an object millimeters thin, that grazes the ceiling of potential locked inside such raw material.

Takayoshi Narita was born in Hokkaido in 1969. His objects take on fluid shapes, seamlessly transitioning from slender handles to yawning basins. At times their forms are almost edgeless. Imagining that his pieces were once thick iron rods is almost impossible. Envisioning the process and energy that went into their promethean creation is even more so. Upon looking closer, they do bear scars of their transformation. Like natural rock formations, deep and shadowy textures give some indication to the sheer number of times the material has been affected by heat and hammering. The result, a surface so varied it can only be likened to the terrain of another planet.

It may come as little surprise that before he began working metal some 20 years ago, Narita-san had trained as a classical oil painter. Since the transition his journey has been persistent and focused. He crafts a relatively narrow array of items by himself, inside a workshop he built in the mountains of Minakami in Gunma Prefecture. His most renowned item, and the genesis of his craft, is a hammered frying pan, meant to be seasoned and changed by everyday use.

Cutlery Box, an exclusive Takayoshi Narita x Nalata Nalata collaboration, comes in two materials, wrought-iron and stainless steel. The box was designed with the intention of creating large uninterrupted planes of texture. The scale is determined to showcase the beauty of Narita-san’s materials and process, while also serving as a highly functional storage container that acquires new marks and pagination with time and use. For the wrought-iron edition, urushi lacquer was incorporated in the hammering process, giving the metal a saturated tone and varied texture.

Takayoshi Narita’s use of wrought-iron sets his work apart from cast iron. The hand forging process is visible through all of his pieces in the form of surface marks acquired from his tools, and distinct coloration where the iron cooled in innumerable layers after each firing – most noticeably in pieces with uninterrupted edges and corners forged of one piece of metal.

We are exceedingly proud and honored to be hosting Narita-san on October 5th, 2018. Refreshments will be provided by pâtissier Ayako Kurokawa of Burrow, friend of the gallery and Narita-san.

A tour of his studio can be explored here.

View a recap of the event here.

Shop the Exhibition

Wrought-Iron Frying Pan - 10
Wrought-Iron Frying Pan - 10

Wrought-Iron Frying Pan - 10" (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a 10" Wrought-Iron Frying Pan. My evenly distributed heat simply can't be beat.

$470
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Wrought-Iron Frying Pan - 12
Wrought-Iron Frying Pan - 12

Wrought-Iron Frying Pan - 12" (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a 12" Wrought-Iron Frying Pan. My cooking area is even and grand.

$560
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Cutlery Box - Wrought-Iron (OUT OF STOCK)
Cutlery Box - Wrought-Iron (OUT OF STOCK)

Cutlery Box - Wrought-Iron (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita for Nalata Nalata

I am a Wrought-Iron Cutlery Box. I'll take care of your silverware both night and day.  

$610
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Cutlery Box - Stainless Steel
Cutlery Box - Stainless Steel

Cutlery Box - Stainless Steel

Takayoshi Narita for Nalata Nalata

I am a Stainless Steel Cutlery Box. I'll keep your silverware safe in style.  

$750
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Wrought-Iron Turner (OUT OF STOCK)
Wrought-Iron Turner (OUT OF STOCK)

Wrought-Iron Turner (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a Wrought-Iron Turner. Your pancakes won’t rip if you use me to flip. 

$190
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Hanging Wrought-Iron Ladle (OUT OF STOCK)
Hanging Wrought-Iron Ladle (OUT OF STOCK)

Hanging Wrought-Iron Ladle (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a Hanging Wrought-Iron Ladle. I'm sturdy and light enough to swoop and scoop, right through any soup.

$195
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Large Stainless Steel Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)
Large Stainless Steel Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Large Stainless Steel Bowl (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a Large Stainless Steel Bowl. There's room in here for dozens!  

$520
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Small Stainless Steel Tray (OUT OF STOCK)
Small Stainless Steel Tray (OUT OF STOCK)

Small Stainless Steel Tray (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a Small Stainless Steel Tray. One small step for man, one giant leap for small tray.  

$95
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Large Stainless Steel Tray (OUT OF STOCK)
Large Stainless Steel Tray (OUT OF STOCK)

Large Stainless Steel Tray (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a Large Stainless Steel Tray. Who said a wooden tray was the only way? Stainless steel is here to stay.  

$420
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Dessert Spoon (OUT OF STOCK)
Dessert Spoon (OUT OF STOCK)

Dessert Spoon (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a Dessert Spoon. Think stainless steel for all your sweet meals.  

$78
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Stainless Steel Oval Dish (OUT OF STOCK)
Stainless Steel Oval Dish (OUT OF STOCK)

Stainless Steel Oval Dish (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a Stainless Steel Oval Dish. A little hand to hold your things, whether they be chocolate chips or diamond rings.  

$95
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Cake Server (OUT OF STOCK)
Cake Server (OUT OF STOCK)

Cake Server (OUT OF STOCK)

Takayoshi Narita

I am a Cake Server. With me in your hands, serving the perfect slice is a piece of cake.   

$140
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