Hasami Porcelain tableware sees the whole table as part of the art of hospitality, drawing on more than 400 years of Japanese thinking on how we can turn even the simplest meals into an art form. All sensual aspects of a dish (including, but not limited to the meal) are considered, and drawn meticulously. The simple colours and rough-hewn textures form a canvas for even the most delicate flavours to play against, making room in our often busy lives to simply sit, think and enjoy. As is typical for much of the porcelain-ware from the region, Hasami Porcelain uses stone quarried from the nearby island of Amakusa. The microstones in the clay from Amakusa break down in the heat of the kiln, naturally sealing the wares and giving Hasami Porcelain products their unique, primordial texture. Hasami Porcelain is also entirely modular. Perfectly stackable straight lines made with innovative techniques, ensuring that the porcelain stay precisely the right size. The result is a series of perfectly formed pieces that are easy to store and transport. Innovation is something that comes as naturally to the Hasami design team as their aesthetic sensibilities, and it draws on a historical basis. The rural mountainside village of Hasami in southern Japan, where Hasami Porcelain is based, has a 400-year history in porcelain making, selling their wares all over Japan. But when husband-and-wife team Takuhiro and Keiko Shinomoto visited the township a few years ago, they found not a porcelain empire but a rural village of 17,000, ailing after a decade of being undercut by the rise of plastics and mass-manufactured tableware from China. The fires lighting the massive kilns that still dot the town’s landscape were slowly going out. This lead to the Shinomotos establishing the Hasami Porcelain brand in 2012 as a way of helping to keep local knowledge — and the experimental, democratic spirit that comes with it — alive. Here at Miscellaneous, we’re proud to stock much of the Hasami porcelain range both online and in our Amsterdam store. For tableware that’s both elegant and everyday, we really can’t go any further.