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 …

The Obayashi Collection, A Tour of Takeo Obayashi’s Yu-un Guesthouse

The Obayashi Collection, A Tour of Takeo Obayashi’s Yu-un Guesthouse

We’ve been extremely spoilt here on the site with different documentaries and short films, today I’m taking the time to showcase another one thanks to Philip Dolin of Particle Productions, the man behind the Collections series for VIP Art. One that caught my attention was a piece on ‘The Obayashi Collection’, with owner Takeo Obayashi giving us a guided tour of the businessman and art collect …

Nido in Japan

Nido in Japan

Nido is a project by designer and creative Julieta Racket who, through collaboration with women from several Argentine provinces, creates knitwear made from 100% sheep wool. The wool that they use comes from Merino and Corriedale sheep, with it being spun and dyed completely by hand. The quality of the raw materials and the respect given to the production process are some of the most important characteristics behind these functional …

Utsushi – The Search for Katsuhira’s Tiger

Utsushi – The Search for Katsuhira’s Tiger

To say I had my mind blown by a short documentary this weekend would be an understatement. I woke up early and this inspiring piece fell right in to my lap, I’m so glad I gave it a chance and watched it all the way through. I’ve been thinking about it most of the day, so hopefully you’ll feel the same way as me and you’ll admire the skill and craftsmanship in this 20-odd minute film. The piece follows Japanese metal and …

Architectural Photography by Ippei Shinzawa

Architectural Photography by Ippei Shinzawa

When it comes to architecture most just snoop around design firms websites, checking out the houses and admiring the images in different portfolios. But I seem to find myself looking more and more at the credits section where they associate each photographer with a specific house or collection of photographs, it gives me a chance to search up this creative and see what else they have on offer. Often the photographers selection …

Breathing Earth – Susumu Shingu’s Dream by Thomas Riedelsheimer

Breathing Earth – Susumu Shingu’s Dream by Thomas Riedelsheimer

Coming across sculptors doesn’t happen as frequently as one might think, which is weird since I’m always on the lookout for them. So, on a whim I decided to revisit an artist that I’ve researched before but didn’t have much luck stringing a post together at the time, the path went a bit stale in terms of imagery and/or a project that would be sufficient to bring him to light. That’s not saying …