Currently led by the 4th-generation
proprietor Hiroichi Isurugi, ISURUGI CO., Ltd is a family business,
which was established in Kanazawa in 1917 by Hanhichi Isurugi on the
back of a family tradition of heritage plastering craftsmanship spanning
much of the Edo-period (1603~1867).
Throughout the Showa period (1926~1989), ISURUGI was involved in
large-scale national projects like the Osaka World Exhibition (1970),
during which time company employees received many awards for outstanding
craftsmanship. ISURUGI has also over the years lent its considerable
skill base to the reconstruction of historical buildings such as the
Kokuhou Zuiryuji Temple in Toyama Prefecture and Kanazawa Castle, not to
mention modern buildings like Universal Studios Japan, Osaka Dome and
Kyoto Station. In addition to all this, ISURUGI set up a Plasterers’ Art
Division in 2004 and started to become active in the field of design as
"From our long history of 200 years of plastering, we developed a
technology to process a product out of diatomaceous earth in a way that
it cannot break anymore, using the knowledge of plasterer´s
craftsmanship. It is remarkably difficult to combine the material with
the products soft design and it took many trials until its final shape
was completed. The quality of the finished product and much more related
to the production process is a result of the craftman´s skills and his
Safety of diatomaceous earth:
Diatomaceous earth is
completely safe to come in contact with the body, and our products have
even passed rigorous food standard inspections.
note that, as all "Soil" products are handmade by specialist
plasterers, air removal in the production process can lead to slight
variance in color and tone and surface patterning.
This in no way affects the properties and quality of the products.