New Pottery at OEN Shop by Misa Kumabuchi of Mushimegane Books

New Pottery at OEN Shop by Misa Kumabuchi of Mushimegane Books

I often feel like there’s a slight disconnect between here and the shop. My main intention is to not litter these articles with so called ‘self promotion’, but at the same time I want to showcase things that are inspiring me at this moment in time. We just happen to be the lucky ones that can stock/highlight them to you all in a different way, giving you a chance to own them through our …

Bowls, Bottles and Vases by Victoria Morris

Bowls, Bottles and Vases by Victoria Morris

Often I stumble across inspiration randomly whilst searching for individuals that we could represent in the shop. Before we opened I would have to go looking for, or sometimes pushing, a specific subject, which didn’t always lead to an interesting article or post. Saying that, now I often get led to things via contacts and individuals who’re in the same environment as us. Today I was lucky enough to get pointed in the direction of one …

The Potters of Muchelney

The Potters of Muchelney

John Leach is the eldest grandson of acclaimed potter Bernard Leach. John apprenticed to his grandfather and father, David Leach, at St. Ives Pottery in the early years of his craft before starting his own outfit named Muchelney Pottery in 1965 with his wife Lizzie. Muchelney homes itself within a comfortable thatched cottage in southern Somerset, just below Langport. Working alongside John are Potters Nick Rees and Mark Melbourne …

Santa Julia House by Emilio Marin Studio

Santa Julia House by Emilio Marin Studio

Emilio Marín studied at the University of Chile, opening his studio, Emilio Marin Studio, in 2005. Two years later Juan Carlos López joined the project. One thing I like about them both is their conviction when defending their work philosophy; they enjoy the day to day, doing what they want to, when and with whom they want to, and taking as long as they want to do it. Santa Julia House, presented here in this imagery above and below …

Kuroda x Toda, White Porcelain Collaboration by Taizo Kuroda and Hiroshi Toda

Kuroda x Toda, White Porcelain Collaboration by Taizo Kuroda and Hiroshi Toda

I feel like over the years my taste has been pretty consistent, even when I was just dipping my feet in as a younger designer I was drawn to the act of simplicity and clean lines. It didn’t really matter what it was, whether a building, a painting, a piece of clothing, or magazines and books, I sensed the appeal straight away. I suppose it could be deemed as a ‘lifestyle’ choice, but I’m not totally con …

Innovative Wooden Vessels and Shapes by Shimoo Design

Innovative Wooden Vessels and Shapes by Shimoo Design

A selection of functional but sculptural looking objects by Japanese studio Shimoo Design, who mainly specialise in making handcrafted furniture. Shimoo was founded in Toyama Prefecture in 1997 by husband and wife duo Kazuhiko and Saori Shimoo. They’ve been experimenting with a variety of different forms and shapes since, particularly at a smaller scale which is always nice to see. It …