Aspirational Architecture by Kidosaki

Aspirational Architecture by Kidosaki

Aspiration is an interesting subject to explore, especially in the field of architecture. When I saw these magnificent structures by Kidosaki architects in Japan it reminded me of our will as human beings to build homes that are not only necessary to sustain life, but also to represent ambition and future goals. Good architecture encourages fantasy, it links the past (what we hold important and want to remember) with the future. It does …

Glazes and Forms at Hibinokurashi

Glazes and Forms at Hibinokurashi

As Charles Eames said, “The details are not the details. They make the design.” This is very true, especially in this case where I’m highlighting a selection of pottery from a Japanese store that I came across online titled Hibinokurashi (or Daily Life). I’ve been searching high and low for glazes, and have also been experimenting in the studio as of late to see what colours and different mixtures I can come up with for my own works. Unfort …

Lighting and Details by Fuse-atelier Architects

Lighting and Details by Fuse-atelier Architects

I’m very disappointed by the lack of architecture on the site at the moment, usually we’re brimming with inspiration and creativity on that front, but lately I’ve been pursuing other avenues of design. Yesterday I watched a small but concise documentary on a build by a couple that broke through numerous barriers to build their so called “dream home”. It was a modernist retreat that had three floors, one was sunken in to the ground …

Metalwork by Japanese Maker Yumi Nakamura

Metalwork by Japanese Maker Yumi Nakamura

I’ve been hunting through a selection of different makers that specialise in metalwork for the shop, mainly vessels like bowls and plates since we already stock some brilliant cutlery by Rieko Fujimoto. These goods are generally hard to come by, usually you have a lot of cutlery being produced but not many bigger pieces such as these. One creative that has designed both is Japanese metalworker Yumi Nakamura, she’s quite a …

Aesthetics of Everyday Life, Voicer Magazine

Aesthetics of Everyday Life, Voicer Magazine

It’s not often you come across fantastic imagery like this. Although I enjoy viewing the final objects made by different craftsmen, especially when it falls in to my own hands, I really like to see how they’re made and what processes they go through to get the desired form. It’s also fascinating to see the craftsmen at work in their studio and what sort of equipment they have to use to work whichever material necessary. Some of this we can see …

Film Photography by I.E.

Film Photography by I.E.

Although Flickr has had its fair share of criticism over the years, I’m impressed by their tunnel vision in regard to the photographic industry. Much like Vimeo, who’ve been able to capture filmmakers all over the world, Flickr has done the same with photographers. Often something you’ll find with these networks when they’ve been bought out by other large companies, or when they try to conquer various sectors all at once, they end up …

Japanese Glassware by Shotoku Glass Co.

Japanese Glassware by Shotoku Glass Co.

Apologies to all of you who have been looking for good video content. I have come across a few short films on my travels but they’ve not really ticked all the right boxes. Some were in a foreign language, which doesn’t really help in terms of inspiration, well unless the imagery is absolutely superb. One clip I did find was on woodworker Takahashi Hidetoshi, the forms that he makes are pretty sensational and I’ve always admired how …

Pottery by Yuichiro and Tomoko Suzuki

Pottery by Yuichiro and Tomoko Suzuki

With our newest feature that released over the weekend with potter Adam Silverman, it seemed a bit rude to post any other pottery as we could be seen to specialise in one specific area. As you know, that’s not the case. But when I homed in on the good work of Japanese duo Yuichiro and Tomo Suzuki, the grainy photographs really inspired me and the aesthetics were nice to match. Actually, I’ve been thinking about taking my own 35mm …

New Maker in the Shop, Japanese Woodworker Hiroyuki Sugawara

New Maker in the Shop, Japanese Woodworker Hiroyuki Sugawara

This blog gives me a place to showcase all my inspirations, but it also allows me to hunt for people that we could represent in the shop here in the UK. All of a sudden we seem to have become a destination for Japanese craft and design, possibly thanks to my fascination with the culture and also their eye for simplicity and attention to detail. I often receive emails from happy customers say …

Handmade Glassware by Sugahara

Handmade Glassware by Sugahara

At the moment I feel like I have so many creative inspirations, sometimes I do worry that it’s getting a bit out of hand. But then I look at the website and I love the diversity and originality that we’re bringing to the table. Glass is one of the more interesting subjects, I actually wasn’t a massive fan originally, but once I started to delve deeper it fascinated me to see such skill and craftsmanship. I guess it’s like anything in life, especially when you’re a …