Hako-Zen S

Artist: Masaru Kawai
15,000 yen ($93.94 USD)
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Hako-Zen Storage Box - S / 25cm x 25cm x 15cm

Hako-Zen were originally designed to serve as a combination storage box and tray table. They were widely used in in Japan from the Edo Period to the beginning of the Showa Era. Each wooden box was used as a portable table (with the lid as a tray) and also as a case to store each family members tableware. These days we recommend them for any kind of storage. Masaru Kawai's simple square hako-zen are handmade from a beautifully grained, sustainable Japanese cedar.

Masaru Kawai
Born in Gifu in 1979 into an agricultural family, Masaru Kawai spent his youth running running around the local mountains and forests and playing in his relatives timber yard and workshop. After graduating with an architecture major from Kyoto Seika University in 2001, Kawai undertook woodworking training in Hida (a region in Northern Gifu, rich in hardwoods and well known for its timber furniture) and apprenticed with a furniture maker in Kyoto. He later established his own independent workshop in 2007 and his SOMA brand in 2016. Kawai uses locally sourced Japanese timbers and through his work and his activities he advocates for a 'culture in which we live together with the forest'


  • Dimensions: W 25cm x D 25cm x H 15cm
  • Weight: 700g
  • Material: Cedar
  • Product No: W-60-1-1
  • Made in Japan