Japanese paper craft brand OEY has designed a new collection of tablewares. Mizuhiki is twined paper fused with a mixture of water and glue that dates back to the seventh century. The collection includes napkin rings, glass markers, and chopsticks.

From the designers:

As we continue the traditional culture of applying Mizuhiki for ceremony occasions, planning the new Mizuhiki table wares to suit our modern life style. Mizuhiki has not only cultural value as a manner of knotting gift, but also technical specification of paper material as a high tension.

This project is designed to effectively use the material specificity at the same time in the context of Mizuhiki traditional culture. OEY expresses the “consideration” of Mizuhiki with a new style, interconnected with the sharp tension of the twine and the beautiful colors of the silk twisted on the surface.

Jaime Derringer, Founder + Executive Editor of Design Milk, is a Jersey girl living in SoCal. She dreams about funky, artistic jewelry + having enough free time to enjoy some of her favorite things—running, reading, making music, and drawing.