The design began with an idea that I had while visiting the factory for the first time in 2011 for a salt, pepper, and mustard server. We went for lunch at a local restaurant run by chef Katsuyasu Ito, who uses cast iron for most of his cooking; and he convincingly demonstrated his techniques with various cast-iron pots and pans. It is a fantastic material for cooking, with the health benefits of adding iron to the diet.
The collection was exhibited at the 2012 Milan Fair at a beautiful exhibition designed by Masaaki Hiromura.
Extracted from A Book of Things by Jasper Morrison (Lars Müller Publishers, 2015)