In creating the Tsukumogami Collection, George Yabu and Glenn Pushelberg of design firm Yabu Pushelberg were inspired by Japanese folklore of the same name—a belief that tools will acquire a spirit of their own after they have served their owner for 100 years.
Their design concept was to give each piece a personality—Shiin, in a smoky blue, is a silent observer; Jiro-Jiro, in dark green, watches over everything intently; and Uro-Uro, in purple, likes to roam around. “Each one has a mode and an emotion through their eyes and their shape,” says Pushelberg. “These are friendly monsters; they are not intimidating.”
“I was never afraid of monsters as a kid, so with this I couldn’t really do something that was evil,” says Yabu.