Mokuchi Spreaders - Hand planed from "backyard exotics'"
Mokuchi, a woodworking studio handcrafting in the Japanese tradition specializes in furniture and architectural work. It produced a limited edition of food spreaders to showcase its attention to detail and the exquisite surfaces produced by hand planing rather than using any sandpaper. M•Spring Studio helped Mokuchi develop packaging that reflected the studio's focus on craftsmanship, simple elegance, and a profound appreciation to detail.
Each piece is nested in fragrant, paper-thin wood shavings ribbons from the same "backyard exotic" hardwoods, often from fallen fruit trees rarely found in the commercial market, used to make the spreader. Letterpress printing on Japanese kozo paper describes how the spreader was made, information on the wood used, and limited edition numbering. A video of the finishing details can be seen here.
Daredevil Furniture - Letterpress Printing Product
Springtide Press, a letterpress studio that creates artist books, broadsides and ephemera, wanted to produce new "furniture" options for students and other printers. Letterpress furniture are the blocks that surround the printer's design form to hold the type in place for printing. The founder of Springtide Press, Jessica Spring, reached out to M•Spring Studio (led by her sister 😊) to work on designing for small batch production, developing prototypes, and orchestrating component production. .
The initial run was released in November 2014 at the Hamilton Wood Type and Printing Museum's Wayzgoose. A second set of shapes was produced in response to the overwhelmingly positive response. Both sets have had multiple production runs.