New work by Akihiko Sugita, a young craftsman who respects the traditional values of lacquer production, but at the same time looks forward to create modern shapes and finishes.
Kuramoto studios was founded in Tokyo in 2008 by Japanese Designer Jin Kuramoto. He works on various product design projects, but his concept is to focus on the “essence of things”.
I bumped in to the functional work of Japanese artist Toshihisa Ishihara, and it reminded me how these old techniques in clay can apply charm and character to the finished objects.
John from Mjolk was kind enough to send over a selection of exclusive imagery from inside their new publication, Mjolk Volume IV, which interviews creatives like Keisuke and Michiko Iwata.
Through the ingenuity of the designers at Hikiyose they have been able to utilise all of the parts of a flat piece of wood, turning something two dimensional into a full three-dimensional object.
Garnier & Linker, a company founded in Paris by Guillaume Garnier and Florent Linker, make all of their pieces in small runs, often using the help of craftsmen to bring their ideas to fruition.