New Feature with Japanese Designer Oji Masanori

New Feature with Japanese Designer Oji Masanori

As you may already know, I don’t really like to rehash old articles for the website. I prefer to bring you something new and unique that is more of a documentation of someone’s work, or working processes, instead of a piece that won’t be of any use in a few months time. One designer that I thought would be a fantastic addition to our feature section is Japanese creative Oji Masanori …

One Shot. One Life. by Empty Mind Films

One Shot. One Life. by Empty Mind Films

I try to bring you a mixture of content here on the website, things that are slightly offbeat for our specific theme, but have an interesting story/concept. I especially enjoy ideas that can be pulled across as inspiration, this post today takes on a spiritual vibe but I feel it can be applied to design in specific ways, also life in general. Shockingly I haven’t come across the Empty Mind Films website before, somehow I’ve never even …

Bamboo Baskets by Junko Iwata

Bamboo Baskets by Junko Iwata

A material that’s of high interest to me is bamboo, it’s not something that I have experience with personally, but I have seen a number of craftsman use it to good effect over the years. The Japanese have been able to harness bamboo in a number of ways, it’s played a big architectural role in Japan for example, also being adapted for the kitchen in terms of cutlery and tools, basically if you have a little know-how you can dream up all sorts of …

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 …