Inspiring Lifestyle Photography by Cultivated Days

Inspiring Lifestyle Photography by Cultivated Days

I’ve been a bit cheeky today by pinching some inspiring imagery from another blog, the photography was that good I had to showcase it. The images come from a website titled ‘Cultivated Days’ that’s founded and edited by Prairie Stuart-Wolff. Interestingly Prairie, with the help of designer Tam Ngo, has been releasing online editions of the Cultivated Days magazine through the website …

Through Landscape by Young-Mi Kim

Through Landscape by Young-Mi Kim

I’ve spent most of my time at the pottery studio lately experimenting with a mixture of glazes, also testing a variety of application methods to see what effect they have on the finished pot. This includes sponges, brushes, also just standard dipping. The problem I seem to be having is that I’m a stickler for functionality, so instantly the form has to be both easy on the eye and, more importantly, nice to hold in the hand. But what I’m coming to realise …

Wooden Furniture and Furnishings by Nikari

Wooden Furniture and Furnishings by Nikari

Nikari aren’t a company that I’ve really come across before, which is quite embarrassing considering they were founded in 1967 and have been producing quality furniture for many years. It’s particular distressing because the furniture is up there with some of the best I’ve seen to date, and I had a great time browsing their website which I feel suits my own ideology and thought processes as a designer. The workshop itself was set-up by …

Metal Netted Objects by Kanaami-Tsuji

Metal Netted Objects by Kanaami-Tsuji

When searching for new and interesting craftsman, I use my knowledge of the internet and some translation tools to find unique creatives from abroad, most notably Japan. I’m drawn to their style for mainly two reasons, tradition and authenticity. I also like the fact that objects, and design in general for that matter, is often simplified down to the bare necessities. This hits right to the core of the item and how it functions. So I’ve …

The Objects Collection by Kaikado

The Objects Collection by Kaikado

How I’ve not showcased Kaikado before I don’t know, considering they’ve been a company that I’ve admired for a long while now. Actually, I’ve seen other websites run articles on them recently so I didn’t feel like pulling across the same old imagery would be that exciting, as it would be just duplicating content. So when I stumbled in to this new range that they’ve created called ‘The Objects Collection’ it seemed like a perfect time to …

Japanese Lacquerware at TOKI no KUMO

Japanese Lacquerware at TOKI no KUMO

Japanese gallery and craft store TOKI no KUMO has been a favourite destination of mine to visit, in fact I’ve wrote about them a few times previously here on the site. I usually check back every so often to see their progress as a store and get an eyeful of the interesting selection of products that they stock. Often rare and very unusual, especially for this side of the world. Even though I’m always on the look out for shops with inspiring content …

Works by Japanese Ceramic Artist Shinobu Hashimoto

Works by Japanese Ceramic Artist Shinobu Hashimoto

These past two days I’ve featured a couple of inspiring individuals on the blog that I happened to run into over the weekend. Maybe I should give this out and about ‘design hunting’ more of a go in the future! Today I decided to select some inspiring work by Japanese ceramic artist Shinobu Hashimoto, who was featured amongst many talented creators at the Ceramic Art that took …

Short Film on Lacquer Artist Masaru Nishimura

Short Film on Lacquer Artist Masaru Nishimura

After an assortment of topics being discussed here on the blog this week, it seemed nice to switch it up a little and watch an experienced lacquer artist at work. I thought it might give some context to the items that we already have in the shop, particularly the lacquerware by husband and wife duo Fujii Works. We’re always getting pleasant remarks on these works, , both admirers and customers alike, usually the first thing that you hear is ‘these …

Brickett Davda Ceramics, Handmade in England

Brickett Davda Ceramics, Handmade in England

I had a nice long rest over the Easter break, it gave me some time to reflect on our general direction and the quality of my writing here, possibly more the way it’s evolved over time. Often a small holiday is forced upon me by others, but this time it felt good to get away from the digital world and have inspiration thrown at me from lots of different angles. A bit of sun, nature and greenery does …

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 …