Bring the Japanese hills into your kitchen: discover the "Hills" design trays

Porta nella tua cucina le colline giapponesi: scopri i vassoi di design “Hills”

The objects most common present in our homes all have a curious story, have you ever thought about it?

To begin with, they have their own “specific” story: who will get it designed , how it was conceived, where it was built ?

But they also have a more general story: who made that up type of objects ?

You probably know the troubled history of fork , partly already used in the noble families of Greeks and Romans, then fell into disuse, returned to the limelight centuries later but, it seems, prohibited in monasteries until 1700.

A respectable story.

And also i trays I am no less.


The history of trays is as old as man.

Also this object, like the mirrors , has had, in addition to culinary uses, "ritual" uses in religious ceremonies.

From the first ones trays made of leaves or rushes, passing from the ancient trays into terracotta, bronze, copper, to those in wood, marble, iron, gold and up to modern plastic . Today there really is something for all tastes.

In some Italian regions it is also called "cabaret" just like the "container" shows that first spread in France precisely in the "cabarets", ancestors of the restaurants modern, where serving trays were probably used.


There are historic design brands that have made trays a must, such as those by Alessi (even a Philippe Starck had been commissioned a tray when he produced the famous juicer!), or modern ones in PMMA Of Kartell .

Then there are the independently designed trays .


I am aluminum trays round , apparently one of the most classic shapes. Never “Hills” trays are designed as elements that can be combined in the different size And colors .

Inserted one inside the other and rotated individually, or all together, they present landscapes always new, as if you were in the presence of one magic lantern , the ancestor of cinema.

The randomness in combining, in overlapping gods edges sinuous, concave and convex, make it a complex object even in its declared minimalism .

Hills trays bring back to our imagination i hilly landscapes Japanese that inspired Mikiya.

Available in diameter sizes 22 cm, 30 cm and 35 cm and in six different colors , the classic white And black and then yellow, green and blue , embossed colors that please both the sight and the touch, giving a pleasant "material" sensation .

Furthermore, we have created a special version of extreme elegance, in hand- polished stainless steel .


Mikiya Kobayashi was born in 1981 and graduated from Musashino Art University of Tokyo in 2004. In 2006 he founded his own studio.

Deals with design of furniture, everyday objects, electronic products e interior.

He works for Japanese and international companies, both as a designer and art director.

In 2010 he receives some international awards as “If Gold Award” And "Red Dot Design Award" .

The design style is always meditated together with its customers and its products have a great capacity “melting” in space surrounding.

Hiro's objects are made entirely in Italy and in limited series .

The first edition of Mikiya's trays, for example, was only 60 pieces for the aluminum and sun painted versions 30 pieces for the version in polished stainless steel .

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Discover the Hills trays!

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