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The Cara egg cup holder is an example of the beautiful wooden tableware designed by Ona Rina and made by the Takahashi Kougei group in Japan. This handmade wooden egg cup holder is made from Linden wood using the same thin-wood-curving techniques used to make the Kami Mugs designed by Oji Masanori. The simple design of the egg cup holders, inspired by the shape of eggs, and fine craftsmanship used in the making of them means they are incredibly tactile and pleasing to the eye - boiled eggs just got fancy! Ono Rina established “Rinao Design” in 2007 and has been working in collaboration with Takahashi Kougei on the “Cara” and “Eni” series of wooden tableware since 2008. Click here to read more about Ona Rina and the Takhashi Kougei craftsmen in the Designers & Makers section of our Journal.
Takahashi Kougei is a group of wood tableware makers and designers. Founded in Hokkaido, Japan in 1965 by Shoichi Takahashi, a lathe worker, the group originally produced table legs and ornamental pillars but changed direction in the 1980’s after a downturn in the domestic furniture market.
The group now consists of, Oji Masanori, Ona Rina and Takahashi Hidetoshi, who is the president of the group and originally worked at a construction company before joining his father and turnery mentor at Takahashi Kougei in 1992.
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