We started in 2000 in Brooklyn, NY and are now based in Tokyo for over 20 years.The best things are invisible. It's hard to explain why a favorite tool is so good. While using a great tool it's easier to focus on the task at hand. The tool itself almost seems to disappear. We feel fortunate to design products that people use every day.
20 Years of Asking Questions
Why can a fish open its mouth so widely? Why is it so hard to move in a rain jacket? Usually a new product will begin with a question. Juicy questions are the best. Good juicy questions lead to research, prototypes, and finally a product design. If we are going to make anything at all, we want to do it well. We always aim to combine a reverence for traditional techniques with a practical eye for what we need now. There are probably faster ways to make a product but this is the best way we know.
Learning from Japan
Don’t put Postalco items on a shelf or in a drawer. Their beauty is revealed through daily use. They will help you feel good at home and be ready in a meeting. Made in Japan means you can expect a long life from your item.
Supporting independent and family run companies
The craftspeople, suppliers, and small workshops found in Japan make things not to be found anywhere else. Their expertise is hard-won through years of experience, and then passed on to other craftspeople. We are fortunate to work with family businesses that are so focused on their craft. The passion woven into every product creates a human touch that can be sensed.
Ecologically Made in Japan
‘Mottainai' is the culture of not wasting. This also means making something well. All items are made in Japan where we are able to find exceptional attention to detail. We also develop a wide range of materials in Japan that are worth pouring time into to create items that will age beautifully. Our wood comes from managed forests in Hokkaido. Leather is vegetable tanned to avoid using the toxic chemicals used in other tanning methods. Fabrics are woven in Japan with tightly managed wastewater and carefully sourced fibers. Our washi paper is hand screened with renewable Kozo fibers and any remaining pulp is reused. Made in Japan means tight environmental regulations for beautiful products that are much easier on the environment.