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A maker of much fascination to me is Japanese lacquer artist Genta Ishizuka. He has used this traditional material to convey some of the contemporary ways in which one can explore this art form and bring joy and curiosity through it. To say Ishizuka had a great 2019 would be an understatement. Not o
The fantastic short film by Seattle-based filmmaker Taylor Hawkins explores the work made by a series of talented lacquer craftsman in Aizuwakamatsu, a city in Fukushima Prefecture, Japan.
A short film by Kyoto born filmmaker Hirokazu Kishida. This shows the working processes of the lacquer craftsmen that create for Yamada Heiando, a tableware and accessories company.
Interview with Japanese Designer Oji Masanori About Oji Masanori About an hour-long train ride from Tokyo you’ll find yourself in Kawagoe, where Masanori Oji runs his design firm Oji & Design. The studio was founded in 2004 after many years working as both a graphic designer and an archit
Corner Cut Urushi Tray & Silver Makiji Bowl S by Yusuke Tazawa After such a good reception to the first part of our Christmas Gift Guide we decided to make a few more parts to this series before the big day arrives. We have been asked if we will have any of the sold out […]
As creatives we often think about our relationship with objects from a human perspective. Why do we connect with such an object? What kind of atmosphere do they give off? But we don’t necessarily think about the components that make up these objects. There’s no doubt that we need to be m
Photographed by Mark Robinson inside Junichiro Tanazaki’s Home in Kobe, Japan Intro The word ‘Wabi Sabi’ has become synonymous with ‘rustic’ or ‘imperfection’. Ask any Japanese person to explain this set of words and you’re most likely to receive a bla
It was the architect Louis H. Sullivan who first coined the term ‘form over function’ back in 1896. This principle states that the form of a specific design or object should be chosen based solely on its intended function or purpose. Dutch artist Aldo Bakker follows this principle in all
I’ve been swooning over some new arrivals by Japanese woodworker Yusuke Tazawa that have just made their way in to the shop. Yusuke resides in Ebina, Kanagawa Prefecture and makes beautiful tools for daily life. Recently his speciality has been making pieces for the tea ceremony, which shows h
Back in stock at OEN shop from Fujii Works is the ever popular Round Horse Chestnut Tray, Nested Urushi Bowls, White Lacquer Tray, and a selection of other objects handmade in Japan.
Keikou Tanabe is taking part in the tradition of Yuzen Dyeing, a technique that is part of the Kimono making process and requires the artist to apply dyes to the fabric in order to depict cultural life.
We recently asked Yusuke Tazawa if he would kindly interpret his own style in to a series of handcrafted chopsticks and a spoon, what arrived here at the studio is really special indeed.