Our favorite purveyors of typographic goods, House Industries, recently placed a custom button order as part of their Monohara ceramic collection product launch in Tokyo. The buttons, which showcased the same “M” wordmark as the collection, were given out to guests, buyers and the press during the October exhibit opening.
The Monohara collection is produced in the Japanese town of Hasami. Artisans there have been manufacturing ceramics for over four centuries. In late 2012, Hasami’s Kyohei Baba asked House Industries to create a new tableware collection. Inspired by 400 years worth of ceramic cast offs, the new brand was dubbed “Monohara” which translates colloquially to “The trash pit next to the climbing kiln.”
House Industries created custom artwork for each of the 15 pieces in the collection. The Monohara “M” motif references the brushwork of Edo Era Hasami village artisans and is used as the main image throughout the collection and on all promo items from custom buttons to cookies at the exhibit opening.
The Monohara collection won’t be available in the United States until December, so for now you’ll have to satisfy your craving for typographic household goods with House Industries’ other products like this ampersand cutting board or these tea towels.