Inspired by the history of the Japanese Masu finger-jointed box, the Hinoki Storage collection offers a flexible range of interconnecting storage.

Client Partner

Ohashi Ryoki

Project Title

Hinoki Storage Collection

History of the Masu

The Masu box was originally created to measure the volume of rice, when it was the currency of trade in Japan. Weight could fluctuate depending on moisture content, so volume was a more accurate measure of quantity. A powerful man’s wealth might be measured in barrels of rice, and taxes paid accordingly with the Masu box.

Ohashi have been making Masu boxes for generations, they are skilfully fabricated from incredibly fragrant Cyprus wood which is sustainably harvested from the thinning of local forest, using finger-joints so precise that they are watertight and often used for drinking sake.

Designing contemporary items using traditional techniques

Developing the range we wanted to embrace the rich heritage of the Masu box, as well as Ohashi’s precision craftsmanship and the incredible fragrance of ceder wood. We were excited to design something new and modern with them.

Together we have designed a large collection of beautiful accessories for the home, focusing on the kitchen, the dining table, the desk and the bathroom. We have co-designed all of the products to be elegant, useful, but also versatile, leaving room for the individual to be creative with their use.

About Ohashi

For over 60 years Ohashi Ryoki have been the leading manufacturer of traditional handcrafted Masu boxes in Ogaki, Japan. Over 80% of all Masu boxes produced are made in Ogaki city, which is located near a major manufacturing centre of Hinoki lumber. Made from excess lumber that comes out of thinning, the Masu boxes are entirely environmentally friendly.