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 …

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Lacquer Boxes & Vessels Designed by Oji Masanori for Wajima Kirimoto

Japanese designer Oji Masanori has been of major interest for many years now, he mainly designs ‘living’ products, this includes furniture and other smaller goods for the household. One of his most popular series was that designed for metal casting company FUTAGAMI, he made a selection of goods such as a small set of office trays, paperweights and a few pieces of kitchenware …

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Some terrific work by Japanese designer Oji Masanori. He mainly designs products that you would find in everyday life. Most of these have been simplified down to the…

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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 …

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Functional Porcelain by JICON

I’ve been researching porcelain quite extensively over the last few weeks, particularly the temperatures you have to fire the clay at and how the different firing methods affect the body and colouring. It’s not a secret that I love functional objects, utilitarianism some might call it, well at the workshop I’ve been toying with the idea of creating some vessels that have a purity about them, and porcelain seems like a great place to start. As …

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New Accessories from SIWA designed by Naoto Fukasawa

After last weeks feature with designer Masanori Oji, it seemed right to highlight another inspiring Japanese creative in the form of industrial designer Naoto Fukasawa. Although more mainstream, I have numerous books on his works and I’m especially inspired by his collaboration with Jasper Morrison on the Super Normal project. If you’re not familiar with Super Normal, it’s basically the pair …

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Futagami Brass Household Goods

Metal working and metal objects are quite hard to come by these days, I’ve not found much that has really grabbed my attention over the past year or so. The problem with these metal items is that it’s hard to make something that’s got real character and depth to it, usually it’s either a silver functional piece that you can’t really connect to, or it’s something totally sculptural and quite flamboyant. These seen here on the other hand meet both …

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