Japan has long enjoyed the reputation of being home to some remarkable craftsmen in fields as diverse as ceramics and woodblock prints, but today’s mail brought the first piece of art I’ve ever seen that’s designed to be bashed around by kids at meal times.
FunFam’s exquisite kids’ dinner setting consists of 15 separate pieces, each hand-crafted from pristine bamboo. As well as a heavy tray, there are four plates, a bowl and nine pieces of cutlery.
The ¥19,800 asking price may seem a bit steep, but it’s probably a long-term investment, as it’s pretty clear junior ain’t gonna smash this crockery into little bits when he throws it against a wall for the umpteenth time.
Better still, the bamboo is gorgeously warm in the hand, so there’s even a chance he or she might actually enjoy sitting down at the table for more than five minutes. Full details (in Japanese) are online at the FunFam website.
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