Ohashi Ryoki: 1300-year Tradition & stunning Design for your Desktop.

March 25, 2018 2 min read

You will probably have noticed that we have been discretely adding carefully selected desktop accessories to our normally mobility-focused assortment.

Nomado Store has been growing (maturing?) very fast over the past year and the interactions we have had with customers during this period have helped us hone our strategy and refine our selection of desirable objects.

We now feel that there is a need for the kind of quiet, meditative break that one takes between trips to reflect on recent adventures and what we can learn from them, and to prepare for the thought process that will take us through to the next ones.

For this process to be effective, a distraction-free and well-organised environment, generally a desk or table-top, is ideal.

We came across the Sebastian Conran Gifu Collection during a recent research trip.  The Gifu project brought together a group of 10 traditional makers and manufacturers from the Gifu prefecture of Japan with the London-based designer, producing exciting and sometimes unexpected (in a good way) results.

Inspired by the 1300-year history of the Japanese Masu finger-jointed box originally used as measuring cups for rice and other grains, the Hinoki Storage collection offers a flexible range of stackable storage solutions for everyday life.

 For the Japanese people, the Masu was as valuable and important as the rice it contained, and this tradition remains an essential part of the lives of people today. 

All pieces are handmade from fast growing, environmentally ethical Hinoki softwood. Japanese Cypress, Hinoki, is regarded as a luxury in Japan. Famous for its crisp fragrance as well as its versatility as a building material, Hinoki is a favorite choice for hot spring baths. The Japanese Cypress has been the wood of choice for the construction of ancient works of architecture such as the Horyuji Temple, the oldest wooden structure known to date.

The fresh fragrance of the Japanese Cypress has been scientifically proven to have a relaxing and refreshing effect. The scent particles also give this special wood an antibacterial quality, making it an ideal choice for use as kitchenware and bath items.

ohashi sebastian conran gifu collection


We have selected the new Hinoki Desktop collection which focuses on organising the work area. 4 types of organisers neatly store stationery, small accessories and letters.

ohashi tool box

For over 60 years, Ohashi Ryoki has been the leading manufacturer of traditional hand-crafted “Masu” boxes in Ogaki, Japan. Over 80% of all Masu boxes produced are made in Ogaki city. 

 The Ohashi Hinoki collection offers the beautiful minimalistic Japanese looks that we love with a high degree of practicality, impressive craftsmanship and a 1300 year history. We have selected what we think are the perfect desktop accessories. Here are some examples:

- "Tool Box"

ohashi tool box

Clean looks hide a surprisingly versatile storage concept.

- Storage Boxes and Small tray

ohashi storage boxes

Check out the rest of the range here!