Saikai Toki Trading
Cast Iron Swallowtail
Interior designer Nobuho Miya is known for his functional cast iron cookware as well as this series of decorative animals sculptures. The iron bird series reveal Scandinavian influences Miya absorbed while living in Finland. Due to the bird's minimal yet evocative aesthetic, this piece will be at home in any modern interior. Each cast iron bird rests on a wooden block, and is finished with an urushi (Japanese lacquer) coat for a rich black that is resistant to rust.
The lacquer coating may be uneven in parts to reveal a silver-brown patina underneath. This is part of its natural beauty. The natural grain of the wood base will also have variation.
Nobuho Miya has dedicated his life to the Japanese cast iron craft. His work has been exhibited worldwide, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY. Miya's designs use original Nambu techniques and reflect tradition and skill accrued through experience. It takes at least 15 years to become a competent iron-maker and 40 years to achieve master craftsman status. The work of Nobuho Miya reflects both his ability as a craftsman and as an artist. Each piece is produced in the Kamasada iron casting studio, a studio in Morioka City that has been operated by the same family for three generations.
2.5″x 7″ x 5″, weighs 2 lbs.
• Nambu Tekki Cast Iron
• Wooden Base