KOBO by Peter Ivy in Collaboration with Takahashi Midori

KOBO by Peter Ivy in Collaboration with Takahashi Midori

Designers in collaboration with craftsmen can often work well, especially when you pull in the likes of Peter Ivy. I’ve never talked about him here before, but I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time, and although I don’t know much about him on a personal level I regularly check his website to see what he gets up to. Peter lives and works in Japan where he produces glassware under the studio …

Porcelain Works by Kazumi Kato at OEN Shop

Porcelain Works by Kazumi Kato at OEN Shop

Japanese potter Kazumi Kato ticked a lot of boxes in my eyes, she has a fantastic eye and a lot of the textural and characterful elements that could be reflected from her past oil painting experience.

New Feature with Photographer Hideaki Hamada

New Feature with Photographer Hideaki Hamada

It’s a great pleasure to bring you this new feature with Japanese photographer Hideaki Hamada. Hideaki is a creative that I’ve wanted to interview for a while, it’s only now that I’ve been able to get some of the translation issues smoothed out. Although Hideaki knows English, for the in-depth answers it became apparent that he would be better off answering in Japanese and having someone …

Handcrafted Metalwork by Lue Kikuchi

Handcrafted Metalwork by Lue Kikuchi

A great place to browse if you’re ever looking for inspiration are the association pages, or those craft collectives that point out specific makers from the area in question. With my interest being Japanese art and design it made sense to search through different locations to see what was on offer. Most prefectures usually have some sort of website that highlights craftsmen in the local area, it’s just a matter of finding them as they’re often tucked …

Wooden Objects by Dairoku at OEN Shop

Wooden Objects by Dairoku at OEN Shop

Although I often talk about furniture, I rarely ever discuss those smaller handmade woodworks. This could be wooden utensils for example, such as spoons and other tools, or even vessels and containers. I guess it’s not all that often that you see craftsmen making such goods, or they’re not really covered online in such a way that it’s appealing on the eye. In my attempt to bridge the gap between content and products that we …

Tableware by Kaori Tatebayashi

Tableware by Kaori Tatebayashi

Even though UK based Japanese potter Kaori Tatebayashi makes tableware that has a traditional looking form, they have a totally different feeling from your standard wares.