Handle Box

Handle Box
15 x 26 x 47cm / 5.9 x 10.2 x 18.5"
Storage box crafted with a solid wood handle.
Handles. They make it possible to open doors and carry a huge variety of things. Boxes. They organize stuff that would otherwise be scattered everywhere. The Handle Box is a convenient combination of a good box along with a solid handle. Keep the things you like within arm’s reach. Box and human are connected by the handle. Handmade in Japan.
Brick Red Fiber Board / Chestnut Wood.
Park Green Fiber Board / Walnut Wood.
Gray Fiber Board / Chestnut Wood.
Navy Fiber Board / Birch Wood.

Solid Chestnut and Walnut

Three types of wood are used in the Handle Box: chestnut, walnut, and birch. We chose these woods because they are light and have beautiful grain. Raised and harvested from certified and managed forests in Japan. Enjoy the patina that develops over time.

Strong and light Fiber Board

This is not ordinary paper. Developed in Japan over 50 years ago as an alternative to metal or plastic. Fiber Board is compressed layers of wood fiber and recycled paper. Its extremely high density makes it much stronger than ordinary cardboard. Made in an ISO 14001 certified facility. Sturdy for use every day. Light for carrying it around.
Fiber Board is easily affected by temperature and humidity and may deform and change shape. Please avoid using the product in high temperature and high humidity.

How should I care for this wood?

Everyday care: Wipe with a soft dry cloth. When solid wood furniture is correctly maintained over the years the wood will acquire a beautiful patina. Solid wood is a living material that is affected by daylight, temperature and humidity. Solid wood furniture should not be placed too close to heat sources such as wood-burning stoves or radiators. Solid wood is also affected and dried by direct sunlight. This may cause irregular color change.

How should I care for the Fiber Board?

Everyday care: Wipe off any surface dust with a soft, dry cloth. If the surface is heavily soiled, use a cloth soaked in diluted neutral detergent to lightly remove dirt, and then wipe off the detergent with a cloth soaked in water. Then, daub area with a dry cloth and let it air dry in the shade or indoors. Do not use solvents (thinner, benzene, alcohol, etc.).

Can I get my Handle Box wet?

The Fiber Board is treated with a light coating on the surface, but it is not water repellent, so keeping it wet for a long time can cause it to deform or grow mold. Please avoid using the product in high temperature and high humidity. Fiber Board, in particular, is easily affected by temperature and humidity and may deform and change shape.

Is there anything I should be careful about when using it?

Please avoid using this product in high temperatures and high humidity.
・Direct exposure to sunlight may cause discoloration and deformation of both wood and Fiber Board.
・Do not use near heaters, wood stoves, or other heat sources, or near fire.
・Do not put too many heavy things in the box. The metal fittings may come off or the Fiber Board may be damaged.
・Do not use the product for any purpose other than its original purpose.
Gift Wrapping

Gift wrapping may be a cloth bag or a paper bag. Wrapping materials used will vary depending on the product type and size. Please note that we are not able to accept requests for specific wrapping materials. If you would like to have multiple items wrapped together, or if you would like to wrap only some items, please tell us in the memo box. If you do not specify, we will wrap each item individually.

Example of what to write in the memo field:
"Notebook (light blue) and notebook (dark blue) gift-wrapped together, and Bag- gift-wrapped separately. etc. "

Order receipt
If you choose to receive gift wrapping, we will not include an order receipt that shows the price. Please contact us if you would like to receive a receipt by email.


Worldwide Shipping
We ship worldwide via DHL or other. Shipping usually takes 7-10 days from the dispatch date.
Shipping charges vary by country and are automatically selected according to the shipping address. The shipping charges for each region are as follows.

Order Price..............Shipping Cost
Zone 1
$449.99 and less...............$35
¥$450 and over..............no charge

Zone 2
$449.99 and less...............$60
$450 and over..............no charge

Zone 3
all shipping......................$100

▼What is my shipping zone?

Zone 1 (North America, Asia)
American Samoa, Brunei, Canada, China, Guam, Hong Kong, South Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Federated States of Micronesia, New Zealand, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Philippines, Singapore, Tahiti, Taiwan, Thailand, United States of America, Vietnam

Zone 2 (Asia, Oceania, Europe)
Australia, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bhutan, Bulgaria, Cambodia, Cook Islands, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, India, Indonesia, Lao P.D.R., Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Kiribati, Malta, Monaco, Myanmar, Republic of Nauru, New Caledonia, Netherlands, Niue, Norway, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Samoa, San Marino, Slovakia, Slovenia, Solomon Islands, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Timor-Leste, Tonga, Turkey, Tuvalu, United Kingdom, Vatican City, Vanuatu

Zone 3 (Middle East, South America, Africa)
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Andorra, Angola, Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Armenia, Aruba, Azerbaijan, Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belarus, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Bolivia, Bonaire, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Cayman Islands, Central African Republic, Chad, Chile, Colombia, Comoros, Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Costa Rica, Cote d’Ivoire, Cuba, Curacao, Djibouti, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Falkland Islands, Faroe Islands, French Guyana, Gabon, Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Gibraltar, Greenland, Grenada, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guernsey, Guinea Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea-Equatorial, Guyana (British), Haiti, Honduras, Iceland, Islamic Republic of Iran, Iraq, Israel, Jamaica, Jersey, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Maldives, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Republic of Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Montserrat, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Nepal, Nevis, Nicaragua, Niger, Nigeria, North Macedonia, Oman, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Paraguay, Peru, Puerto Rico, Qatar, Reunion Island, Russian Federation, Rwanda, Sao Tome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Somaliland, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, St. Barthelemy, St. Eustatius, St. Helena, St. Kitts, St. Lucia, St. Maarten, St. Vincent, Sudan, Suriname, Swaziland, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Turks and Caicos Islands, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uruguay, Uzbekistan, Venezuela, Virgin Islands (British), Virgin Islands (US), Yemen, Zambia, Zimbabwe

Order Price..............Shipping Cost
¥10,999 and less................¥750
¥11,000 and over..............no charge
Some products are eligible for delivery directly to mailbox for a shipping fee of ¥380. (Nekopos, Click Post)
If the products you ordered are eligible, you will be able to select it from the shipping method selection screen at checkout.

Postalco cannot take responsibility for any shipping delays due to customs clearance, payment transaction delays, or any unforseen circumstances.
Import taxes, duties, and related customs fees may be charged when the parcel arrives at the destination country. The payment of these charges and taxes is the responsibility of recipient and will not be covered by Postalco. Duties & taxes are set by the customs authorities of the destination country. We estimate the value to be between 25-40% of the amount paid for the item(s) ordered. The shipper will contact you directly requesting payment upon your order's arrival through customs.
All shipments outside Japan include a commercial invoice to avoid delays in customs. We are unable to indicate a lower price for the value of your order listed on your commercial invoice as we must adhere to all international import/export rules and regulations.
Unclaimed packages: The shipper will leave a notice if nobody is available to sign for your package. The shipping agent will hold your package for a few days only. If you do not claim it, it will be returned to us, marked unclaimed. You will be required to pay for shipping twice to have your order sent a 2nd time. There may be some countries we cannot ship to due to courier restrictions.

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Precious Sept. 2022

At home or in the office
The Handle Box at work. Holds documents and stationery, or use as a wastebasket for paper scraps. It is relaxing to have something made of wood in your office.

Wood Variations
Each handle consists of several pieces of joined wood so surface variations become part of the beauty of this natural wood grain. We intentionally allow the natural grain to show, so wood tones vary from box to box. 
Gray Fiber Board / Chestnut Wood. 
Navy Fiber Board / Birch Wood.

Fits books and magazines
Books and magazines you want to read fit in the Handle Box. Shaped to hold slightly oversized magazines. The top edge is slanted, so you can see what's inside. You can move it around the house to read wherever you want.

Between round things there will always be gaps. But squares fit perfectly. They look neat in a corner of a room, on a wall, or placed side by side. For things you want to keep handy, like slippers or yarn.

A material that blends in with your life.
It is comfortable to have something made of wood. Especially solid wood. The Handle Box and our Mogul Ski Chair share details and finishes. The box handle and chair frame are the same diameter, so they look natural together.

Touch test
It looks good, but when you touch and hold it, you realize how warm wood feels. To emphasize the natural wood grain we applied a traditional technique called uzukuri, a specialty of Karimoku. The handle makes it easy to lift without having to bend down.

Toy Box
Keep children’s favorite toys and treasures within reach and neatly organized.

Body Friendly Materials
If you're going to use something every day, it should be made from materials that are healthy. Karimoku uses finishes and materials that do not contain toxic chemicals, and have cleared the most stringent standards in Japan with regard to formaldehyde, which is known to cause the sick house syndrome.

Hardwood from Japan
The solid wood handle is made of domestic hardwood. We chose three types of hardwood, chestnut and walnut, which are both light and strong. They feel good to touch and hold. The more you use this box, the more it will naturally fit your home and your hands.

Postalco and Karimoku
The Handle Box, originally a very limited run, is back after 10 years. Thanks to Karimoku's technical capabilities, we now have a much improved structure. Designed by Postalco. Built by Karimoku.

The "Moku" in Karimoku Furniture is the wood of woodworking.
The history of Karimoku Furniture, Japan's leading manufacturer of wooden furniture, can be traced back to a lumberyard that dates back to the Edo period. Since its founding, the company has continued to pursue woodworking that fully demonstrates the skills and sensibilities of its craftsmen through furniture making still produced in Japan.

Karimoku and Trees
Trees grown in properly managed forests. Japan hardwoods, which have long been considered difficult to use, are carefully finished with Karimoku's superior technology. By rethinking the value of wood, we support the forestry industry. Enriching the relationship between forests and people.

The good thing about having a handle
It's so satisfying to empty everything at once. With the handle, it’s easy. You can collect paper scraps from the office and then dump them into the trash. Or use it like a dustpan. Made for carrying.

Handle Research Continues
For The Fab Mind exhibit we explored handles as a way to understand more about our daily companion, the hand. We’re fascinated by how humans carry things. The flexible human hand is able to grasp many different objects but handles make the fit perfect. It is as if the hand and the handle are having their own conversation. (The Fab Mind exhibition was held at 21_21 Design Sight, the Miyake Issey Foundation).

Solid Chestnut and Walnut
Two types of wood are used in the Handle Box: chestnut and walnut. We chose these woods because they are light and have beautiful grain. Raised and harvested from certified and managed forests in Japan. Enjoy the patina that develops over time.

Learning from Japan
The craftspeople, suppliers, and small workshops found in Japan make things not to be found anywhere else. We are fortunate to work with family businesses that are so focused on their craft. 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.