In a hidden studio in Gunma Prefecture, Japan, Mr. and Mrs. Sekine run HOKUTO 59. The Sekines' use the nearby woods to make wooden furniture. “We wish to make wooden products with a simplistic design, which are practical and always show the charms of wood no matter how long you use it.” The Sekines' also make products for daily life. Despite never being trained as an art designer, Mr. Sekine makes products he thinks will be the most handy by pure imagination. Alongside frequent advice from his wife, who loves cooking, together they make a collection of high quality and highly functional kitchen accessories . Amazingly, the Sekines' only open for sale twice a year - the waiting list is enormous! We’re lucky to have their products on sale here at Norm.