Maker Profile – Metalworker Ruka Kikuchi
Ruka Kikuchi, also known by his nickname Lue, makes utensils and accessories out of brass in the Japanese city of Setouchi. Born in 1983 in Soja, a city located in Okayama Prefecture, Ruka trained to be a metalworker under his father Masaaki Kikuchi in early 2000. After a six-year apprenticeship, he
New at OEN Shop – Brassware by Takeo Suhara of Yuta Craft
Just as the different clays in pottery bring a sense of depth and mystery, so does the weight and purity of a metal. I haven’t really discussed Takeo Suhara’s work in much detail due to the popularity of them. These beautiful brass utensils under his studio name ‘Yuta Craft’ really d
New at OEN Shop – Cutlery by Metalworker Rieko Fujimoto
Just on the outskirts of Osaka is where Japanese metalworker Rieko Fujimoto resides, crafting tableware out her quaint studio. Thanks to her fascination with collecting classic metalworking tools, from hammers to files and even a tree stump used for hundreds of years to craft tools (see the last pho
Honest Design – The KYSS Range by Tom Fereday & Kenny Yong-soo Son
On principle I’m sure most designers would love to be more open to honest ways of working. Unfortunately it’s not always up to the designer thanks to the larger companies standing behind such projects. Materials are often substituted for materials of lesser quality. Methods of constructi
Balancing Geometry – Floor Lamps & Wall Lighting by Square In Circle
Light can change the entire look of a room. Not only does it create a certain atmosphere, but in a way, it gives direction to the function of the space. Deciding which lights to use in an interior space is an important factor. Square In Circle, a London-based design studio, keep the importance of li
Collecting Patina – Vases by Anna Varendorff of ACV Studio
One under appreciated element of design is the ageing process. Industrial designers tend to let go of an object in a ‘perfect’ condition and fail to respect the fading version and what happens as the years roll on. Not Anna Varendorff though, a Melbourne-based artisan who crafts vases an
Harmony in Nature – Kinetic Vases & Sculptures by Agustina Bottoni
There’s a certain balance found in nature that’s hard to depict in a physical object. It’s something I think many of us wish we could attain but feels so far away. Even when using natural materials such as clay or wood the human hand seems to create this boundary between nature its
Architectural Expression – Sculptural Minimalism by Kristina Dam Studio
Kristina Dam Studio, founded by talented Kristina Dam provides us with a selection of furniture, sculptures and other objects which are aesthetically pleasing and are sure to improve any interior space.
Obsessing Over Details – Lift Coaster Series by Seattle Design Studio Fruitsuper
There's something attractive about these two minimal objects from the 'Lift' coaster series by Seattle based designers Sallyann Corn and Joe Kent of studio Fruitsuper that have been handcrafted from brass.
Questioning Proportions – Morphologies for Architecture by Michele Reginaldi
Italian architect Michele Reginaldi has been questioning the proportions of space and the structures themselves in a study titled "Morphologies for Architecture" since the late 1980's.
New at OEN Shop – Shipment of Metal Cans by Japanese Studio Syuro
I'm pleased to let you know that we have received a new shipment of metal cans by Japanese studio Syuro, fronted by Japanese interior designer Masuko Unayama, in brass, copper and tin.
New at OEN Shop – Brass Cutlery Now Available by Metalworker Rieko Fujimoto
At the moment we stock most of the works that Rieko Fujimoto is currently producing, so it was nice to see her expand her line-up with this brass butter spreader, spoon and salad fork.