Designer of HinoLab M

Kazunaga Sakashita


Kazunaga Sakashita, designer of HinoLab M

Kazunaga Sakashita, designer of HinoLab M


Q1. What made you decide to establish your own brand?


We have a history of almost a hundred years as an iron cast manufacturer. We established Hinolab M to give people an opportunity to know an iron cast and it's uniqueness and beauty in their daily lives.





Q2. Please describe your production process.


We usually start off with melting an iron with high temperature, and pour it into a mold made with sand. After putting solid irons out and polishing each one of them, we do the two different final touches. One is called "Black Rust Finish" which means putting black rusts on the surface of an iron to make it look old. The other one is celled "Clear Finish" which is a clear coating on the surface of an iron to show the beauty of cast iron itself.




Q3. What made you interested in NY market?


We'd like to try NY market and see how people would react to our products because NY is the the source of cultural trends. We have been getting orders from overseas, so it will be a great opportunity to get the feedback from foreigners.





Q4. What's the most important thing when you create your artworks?

What we put time and efforts the most on our products is it's "texture". Our products have not only stately ambience that irons naturally make, but also a soft, warm and delicate feeling that a cast surface have.

HinoLab Mが最も大切にしているものは、鋳物の“風合い”です。鉄が醸し出す重厚さや存在感を持ちながら、鋳鉄特有の鋳肌とよばれる表面のテクスチャーによる温もりや繊細な柔らかさを表現しています。



Q5. Lastly, please share some comments to customers at the ARCADE JAPAN.
   最後に、the ARCADE JAPANのお客様に一言お願いします。

It is difficult to perfectly show the greatness of our iron cast through paper media or photos. We hope this will be a great opportunity for you to actually touch them and experience the fascination of products of HinoLab M.

HinoLab Mの商品は、画面上の画像や紙媒体での写真ではなかなかその良さが伝わりにくいものです。今回、実際に手に取り触れて感じることで鋳鉄の本当の魅力を知って頂けるよい機会になればと思います。




Interview & test by Asaka Nakazato