People talk as though artists, designers and craftsmen are 1000 miles apart in thought pattern and ideology. There’s more of an interesting interplay going on between them all and woodworker Toshifumi Momose shows it most beautifully in his collaboration collection with Japanese industrial designe
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
There’s an interesting transformation when two surfaces combine. Chaehoon Moon for example, a young passionate creative who has been able to harness Korea’s traditions by working with two separate craftsmen, a Korean metalworker and a lacquer artist, to create these stunning forms that h
“If you want something, work for it.” Even if true, these comments can be frustrating when you are stuck in the midst of it. In a way, it reminded me of my trip to the ‘House of Light’ designed by American artist James Turrell. Situated West of Tokyo, the city of Tokamachi is awkward to [&he
I’m really happy to announce the release of our second book ‘OEN Issue 2’ which is now available to pre-order in our shop. This one was certainly more personal as I met a number of craftsmen and visited different locations specifically for this book. There were a few issues along t
Designer, photographer and former stylist Annett Bourquin takes inspiration from her time spent in Japan and years of travelling the world to craft simple and considered objects. A particular fascination for Annett are hanging mobiles and kinetic sculpture that spark a sense of joy thanks to the nat
It’s really great to support the creativity behind the different makers that we represent and see them run free within their craft and experiment with new techniques that might push their craft forward. Japanese woodworker Yusuke Tazawa has done that here with his new silver and blue makiji la
Our whole goal here on OEN is to support more artists and makers that are experimenting with their creativity. I’ve had my eye on American artist Leigh Well’s collages for a number of years now. She has a fantastic sensibility and I was particularly taken aback by her ‘Versos’
We are pleased to introduce these special handcrafted mobiles by workshop Mother Tool in Japan that were made to link old technology with new and bring a sense of play to any space.
Just to keep you all updated on our progress with Makoto Asebi's pottery. All of his new work has now arrived in stock and we have updated the photography and stock in our online shop.
It's not secret that I'm an admirer of Japanese potter Shinobu Hashimoto's work. I feel as though he's a little underrated as a potter and we're proud to represent him in our shop.
We are really pleased to release this selection of new ceramics in our shop by Japanese potter Shinko Nakanishi that are unique in shape and feature beautiful oil spotting all over them.