Kobo Aizawa (2)

Established in 1922, based in Tsunami in Niigata Prefecture, Aizawa is known as the leading Japanese manufacturer in quality stainless steel kitchenware. One of the iconic Aizawa matt black tableware collection was also handpicked as a permanent design collection under the Museum of Modern Art New York (MoMA) on 7th October 1986. 

Tsubame City in Niigata is widely known around Japan for its production of metal goods. 

You will find that the surprising number of companies related to metalworking such as outdoor goods makers and small workshop, are in the region when you drive through there. 

Among them, Kobo Aizawa is one of the oldest company and established in 1922, has been playing a leading role in the local industry. 

This company has been pursuing the ease of using which meet the demands of the period and never gave up expressing the beauty of the function by undecorating at the same time. 

From their representative stainless lunch box to their cheese kneading rod, there are hundreds of goods on their catalogue including some goods that you probably won't figure out how to use from the picture only. The vast number and variety of goods demonstrates the strength of their inquiring mind to meet the user’s demands. 

Their goods have simple shapes so that you will not beconme tired of seeing them and more you use the items, the more you will like them.


These goods can be composted at the end of their useful life, leaving no trace of their existence.

Ethically Made

These goods are made by suppliers that pay fair wages, guarantee no child labour, and maintain a safe working environment.


Handcrafted goods are one of a kind that have been created by skilled artisans often using techniques passed down through generations, rather than by automated, machine-based processes. Small irregularities are celebrated and are what make handcrafted goods unique.


These goods are manufactured in the same country in which they are designed. This sustains the local economy and is more equitable for the workers and their communities. 


These goods have been crafted with materials that are derived from naturally occurring materials, plants or animals, with minimal processing. 


Goods that are made from organically grown materials and are free from harmful chemicals and pesticides. 


In an effort to reduce waste, the design of these goods are either part or wholly made from up-cycled or previously used materials. These can be either salvaged directly in their current form or from recycled materials, such as paper, glass or metal.


Goods made from materials that can be replenished at the rate they are consumed, all with minimal environmental and social impact. Such as FSC wood, bamboo and wool. 


These goods are produced by artisans or companies that are open, honest, and straightforward about their business operations. Transparency builds trust, from makers through to customers.


These are goods that contain absolutely no animal products or by-products and were not tested on animals at any stage.