Tin was a part of people’s everyday lives up until the Edo Period (1603-1868).
From flower vases to drinking vessels and tea utensils, tin was a reliable and coveted material in the Japanese home.
Once the Meiji era (1868-1912) began, tin gradually vanished from people’s lives and was replaced by iron, a new industry in Japan.
We are now making an effort to bring tin back into the daily lives of people here in Japan and eventually, around the world. Something so fondly remembered should not just be a thing of the past. Our goal is to bring about a ‘Renaissance of Tin’ and a new appreciation of this unique metal.
Tin/Chemical symbol: Sn (Latin: Stannum)
Tin has special qualities that many other metals do not. It is soft to the touch and non-toxic. When tin is melted in a blast furnace, it radiates a brilliant light. But once it is cooled, it possesses a warm glow and a luxurious texture.
Interior cladding MOONLIGHT capitalizes on the unique texture of tin, and whether being used in a Japanese or western setting, projects an atmosphere of warmth and relaxation.
Depending on the angle of light striking its surface, MOONLIGHT creates a myriad of patterns and hues to provide a variety of ambiences with the change of light.
Tin is Safe
Tin is comparatively resistant to acid and alkali, and so, has been used safely for such items as tableware and the interior lining of canned goods.
[Specific gravity: 7.3; Melting point: 231 degrees C]