If you ever find yourself in the city of Takaoka in Japan's Toyama Prefecture, you will understand the pedigree behind the Suzu Fig Tin Flower Vase: since the times of the samurai and their warlords, the area has been a center of metalworking and its workshops still carry on that legacy with all kinds of metals, including tin. This is what this exquisite vase is made from and just by picking it up, you can feel the history and craftsmanship that has gone into its making.
What makes the Suzu Fig Tin Flower Vase even more special is that the metalwork is traditional but the design is contemporary. It even bears the signature of Hisae Igarashi, one of Tokyo's most renowned designers and design educators. Here, Igarashi-sensei has worked with a fruit motif, drawing from the time-honored Japanese love of nature, and the result is really superb. In fact, it's so beautiful you can just use it as a decorative ornament: at 80 x 55 x 55 mm (3.1 x 2.1 x 2.1"), it fits almost anywhere!
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