kaikado tea caddys

the japanese company kaikado was established in tokyo in 1875, and have now been producing these hand-made tea caddys for six generations.

the double-walled construction guarantees excellent air tightness and will protect tea leaves from humidity whilst helping them to maintain their scent. in addition to being  used for storing tea leaves, the caddies be used to hold a wide variety of foodstuffs, including english or chinese tea, as well as coffee, spices, and grain.

what i like most about them is how they age over time. the three materials, brass, copper and tin, all take on completely different looks as they get older.

they are available from postcard teas in the uk, with prices ranging from about £80 to £140, depending on size and material.

et al, etc

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i really like this stamp kit, by tokyo based design studio et al, etc.

a transportable letterpress set inspired by the artist whose main body of work consists of paintings depicting nothing more than a date. The kit includes a black stamp pad and a full range of upper and lower case letters organized into seven small cases "for those simple facts and fictions that must be collected and sent off to another" while on the go.

i can't really find much info on how much or where to get it, but i like it!

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via coolhunting

UPDATE: É.Y. tells me they are available in white here and in yellow here, for $80. thanks!