Nagano Apple


Here’s a short story behind Nagano Apple we’d like to share.
Nagano Apple was made with Farmer’s Art Master Sunohara in Nagano, Japan. We’ve worked with Sunohara-san earlier on Blue Bear and Snowman items. In January 2019 we planned to visit him again and heard just before our departure that he cannot produce Blue Bear and Yukidaruma because there is not big enough pieces birch wood available. He only had trunks up until size of 80 mm. Quickly we designed a new product; Nagano Apple container (Nagano being one of the famous apple regions in Japan) that suited this smaller size wood. We do not speak Japanese. So to be sure that we’ll communicate the idea we bought an apple from Helsinki airport, brought it with us all the way to Nagano, carved it to illustrate the idea and shape, and then ate it together.
A month later back in Finland we received an envelope from Japan. It contained three photos of the new container, and not a single word. We knew it is a success. An edition of 20 Nagano Apple containers were made in late 2019 and sold out. In 2021, We have now 2nd edition of 40 Nagano Apples available.

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Birch wood container in an apple form
Material: Birch, paint.
Designed in 2019 by Aamu Song / COMPANY
Size: 100 x 80 mm
Made by Sunohara Toshiyuki, Nagano, Japan

Additional information

Weight0.3 kg
Dimensions15 × 13 × 13 cm