Nendo Modernizes Traditional Japanese Eating Utensils with a Twist

 - Dec 23, 2013
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Japanese design studio Nendo has been known to explore the ancient Japanese craft techniques of wooden chopsticks, and this time, the design studio has collaborated with Hashikura Matsukan, famous through creating the hardest and most inspiring Japanese lacquered chopsticks since the 17th century. The pair partnered up to create a series of six new chopsticks that aims to modernize the ancient eating utensil.

Each design feature a contemporary twist on the historical Japanese utensil. The designs include the Hanataba, Rassen, Kamiai, Sukima, Jikaoki and Udukuri. They come in different styles like square chopsticks to increase its surface area, multi-axis inspired twists, magnetized chopsticks that stick and fit together, playing card inspired patterns, and tapered point chopsticks.