Mortar & Pestle - Shitaku Series


The Shitaku Mortar & Pestle is created by Makoto Koizumi, one of Japan's leading industrial/product designers. Like a traditional Suribachi, the unglazed interior of the mortar is grooved with the geometric pattern known as kushi-no-me. This rough texture makes it easy to grind round ingredients such as seeds and small nuts, while efficiently extracting moisture and essential oils from herbs and spices.

The Shitaku Series from Koizumi Studio (a collaboration between Koizumi Studios & Kihara)

Shitaku series (meaning ‘preparation’ in Japanese) is a collaboration between Koizumi Studios and the popular Japanese brand Kihara renowned for its fine porcelain work. 

Makoto Koizumi has become one of Japan's leading industrial/product designers, having established his own studio in Tokyo, 1990. Since then, he has approached each project with the same emphasis on tradition & craftsmanship. Aesthetically the pieces are to a modern taste, with a certain simplicity, however, incredibly practical for your kitchen.  

Designer: Makoto Koizumi

Maker: Kihara

Material: Porcelain, wood

Dimensions: ø10 cm × H3.5 cm | 3.9 × H1.38 in.

Origin: Japan

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Maker Profile

Koizumi Studio

With beginnings in architecture, Makoto Koizumi soon shifted focus to industrial design as he sought to influence lives on a more intimate, everyday level. Now, his work has been connecting manufacturers with consumers for over 30 years. Spanning a diverse range of materials and industries, his designs are unified by their clean lines, creative forms, and thoughtful details. Each piece stands out for its simplicity, versatility, and beautiful functionality. Koizumi Studio is based in Tokyo, Japan.

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