Founded in 1947 in Wajima City, Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan as a woodwork manufacturer for lacquerware. AIZAWA Wood Works specializes in a wide range of processing techniques, including joinery, bentwood work, woodturning, and carving, and is particularly skilled in NC machining, and delivers various wooden tableware with delicate craftsmanship and rustic charm.
Philosophy: "The Beauty of Wood"
Each grain of wood holds and supports the tree itself, allowing it to grow thicker and larger while accumulating strength. It takes around 100 years for a tree to reach a size suitable for making dishes or trays. AIZAWA Wood Works uses the solid and sturdy trees provided by the mountains and precisely and quickly cuts them without waste using their specialized machinery processing techniques. Then, they produce a high-quality texture through delicate hand polishing. They believe in using the power of the 100 years trapped in solid wood for another century, providing the "beauty of wood" in daily life. They choose to cherish trees and live in a way that can hand down the richness of the forest to future generations.
There are two brands, namely "KITO" and "SUI:"
KITO: “With Tree”
“KITO” means “with tree” in Japanese. They give the name to a series of their products with the aim that we could live our daily lives together with the warmth of wood. They believe that the feeling of comfort that only solid wood can bring is essential for us to live a peaceful life. They strive to create wood products that deliver comfort, hoping that people can be respectful and appreciative of nature.
SUI: “Refined Wooden Vessels”
“SUI” is a Japanese aesthetic sense that has an approximate meaning of “refinement,” “sophistication,” or “chic.” These wooden vessels are made by gathering the "refined craftsmanship" of AIZAWA Wood Works, which fully brings out the life of the wood. With profound knowledge of wood and advanced craft techniques, this is a luxurious series of vessels that fully draw out the charm of the wood.
Styling the KITO - Bandsaw Trays - (photo by Andres Jana & Claudio Robles, courtesy of JETRO NY):