Made of solid brass, this bookend has the shape of Japanese old-style weights which were used for scaling silk and silver currency in the Edo period. This shape is still alive in Japanese maps as the symbol for banks. It's exceptionally heavy and has a felt-lined bottom to protect whatever surface they are used on. Order two if you'd like to have a complete pair.
A collaboration between designer Masanori Oji and Futagami, one of Japan’s oldest metal foundries, this piece will change over time creating a beautiful patina.
Dimensions: 69mm (w) x 45mm (d) x 110mm (h) Material: Brass Maker: Futagami Designer: Masanori Oji Handmade in Takoaka, Japan
Founded in 1879, FUTAGAMI is one of Japan's oldest foundries & is located in Takaoka, Japan in 1897.
Brass has long been used in various fields such as metal fittings for architecture, ships, and furniture as it has corrosion resistance property and moderate workability. It has a long history as a material for arts and crafts or Buddhist altar equipment as its texture is gentle with an elegant luster. Masanori Oji's work with Futagami won the Interior Lifestyle Award in Japan.