Inspired by the simple things in life. Our online retail venture showcases a curation of art, design and craft that we believe will stand the test of time.
OEN [ oh-ee-en ] was founded by designer Mark Robinson in 2010 to highlight how design, art, and craft can still play an important role in our modern world. Objects that aren’t brash or attention seeking, those that sit quietly, doing their job well and becoming seamlessly integrated in to our everyday environment.
As well as stocking a variety of well-made contemporary objects that have clarity and integrity at their core, we also look to document these makers and share their stories through our journal, feature page, and book series.
Too many of us spend our day to day lives roaming around unappreciative of the small details. How was that spoon made? Did a potter make these vessels by hand? The exceptional has almost become unexceptional thanks to our limited knowledge and lack of respect for the craftsmen and makers who sweat over the small, but important, details.
Our vision is to change the way we view these objects, at the same time working to support the craft and design community. Respecting those individuals that make objects by hand is of ultimate importance, their commitment to using quality materials alongside their understanding of utility. All of these attributes lead to a timeless object that will become an important companion in our lives.
“Simple design, quiet form”
Caring about the balance in form and eliminating the unnecessary, a place where art and craft are well balanced and handmade, natural warmth radiates.
We believe design should be both discreet and functional. An object of utility. An object of lasting beauty.
Handmade doesn’t have to mean antiquated. Unlike fashionable design, the goods that we represent are selected to last many years – even in today’s throwaway society.
OEN (ONE EIGHT NINE). 1 + 8 = 9. A naturally occurring number. A complete whole. Oneness and harmony.