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Kihara Sitaku Chopping Board


Made by Kihara (Arita, Japan)

  • Designed by Makoto Koizumi
  • Solid Japanese hinoki cypress chopping board
  • Hand wash only
  • Dimensions: L185 x W185 x H20 mm



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Design by Makoto Koizumi, the Sitaku collection brings together a variety of kitchen tools in a modular, compact, stackable design.

The concept behind the design was to create kitchen utensils that are more portable with the possibility of stacking, thus allowing some elements of food preparation to be done at the dining table. When finished, these utensils can be stacked together, so as to not clutter the dining table.

Commitment to size that can be handled with one hand.

Each component of the collection takes on a small circular form with a diameter of 10cm, making for perfect functionality and portability.

I was particular about the size and shape that is easy to handle to prepare at the table, easy to grip, and also function as a vessel. Also, from the technical point of view, we also design it considering the size that can be processed properly in porcelain production.
— Makoto Koizumi, designer.

Combining new technologies with traditional craftsmanship.

Another important thing that Mr. Koizumi considered in product development was how to implement technologies only available in Arita to craft useable surfaces from porcelain.

For example, the grinding surface of the grater, which has a rough texture like sand, to finely grate wasabi, ginger or garlic.


Makoto Koizumi

Born in Tokyo in 1960, Koizumi studied design under Choei Hara and Shige Mitsu Hara. Koizumi Studio was established in 1990, where he produces designs for multiple subjects, from chopsticks to architecture. In 2003, he opened a “Koizumi Tool Store” in Kunitachi City, Tokyo as a place to showcase his designs.



Kihara is a Japanese porcelain producer founded in 1955 in Arita – a town in southern Japan with a 400-year history of producing ceramics from the white kaolin clay of the region. The porcelain is known for being especially hard wearing, as the clay is made from the crushed natural stone of the region. Kihara works with local craftsmen in Arita, combining 400-year old traditional techniques with new technologies to produce porcelain.

In addition to their work in Arita, Kihara also work with local artisans in the historic town of Hasami in the Nagasaki Prefecture. Hasami has an equally long history of producing porcelain, and is known for natural lightweight earthenware with smooth lines and textures.

As well as designing and producing their own collections, Kihara have produced ceramics alongside a number of renowned designers, including Atelier Bingo (France), Edwin Low (Singapore), Mjolk (Canada), Monocle (UK), Papier Tigre (Japan), & Tony Lai (Australia). They opened their flagship store in Arita in 2016, closely followed by another store in Tokyo in 2017. They showcase their ceramics in these two locations, as well as in Europe through a number of partners including Godshot studio.

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