Handcrafted Ceramic Work by Lubna Chowdhary

Sometimes I get all the credit when finding content for the blog, most of the time they’re all my own findings, but on certain occasions I get help from collaborators and those that email in submissions. Not just from creatives and designers that want me to showcase their own work, sometimes even individuals who have come across something and just decide to send it my way incase I might like …

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Architecture by Alberto Campo Baeza

Today I found some much needed architecture inspiration, it’s been a little while and I’ve been that way inclined for some time. In fact, as I’m not a trained architect myself I often learn things through general research, films, and other informative material on the subject. My bookshelf is stacked full of publications on famous architects and architecture, from the likes of Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, even a newer generation like Norman …

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Works by Japanese Ceramic Artist Shinobu Hashimoto

These past two days I’ve featured a couple of inspiring individuals on the blog that I happened to run into over the weekend. Maybe I should give this out and about ‘design hunting’ more of a go in the future! Today I decided to select some inspiring work by Japanese ceramic artist Shinobu Hashimoto, who was featured amongst many talented creators at the Ceramic Art that took …

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Cutlery by Portuguese Company Cutipol

Alongside some of the handcrafted goods that we talk about on the site, I also like to mix in manufactured or commercial goods from time to time, there’s just one caveat, each project has to have a strong emphasis on functionality and simplicity. One company that instantly caught my attention through their striking design was Portugese cutlery maker Cutipol, and they certainly cover the two areas that I’m talking about suffic …

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The Obayashi Collection, A Tour of Takeo Obayashi’s Yu-un Guesthouse

We’ve been extremely spoilt here on the site with different documentaries and short films, today I’m taking the time to showcase another one thanks to Philip Dolin of Particle Productions, the man behind the Collections series for VIP Art. One that caught my attention was a piece on ‘The Obayashi Collection’, with owner Takeo Obayashi giving us a guided tour of the businessman and art collect …

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Functional Objects by Bruce Rowe of Anchor Ceramics

It’s great when you hear the mixture of backgrounds that different creatives come from, especially those who ‘make’. In fact, I’m interviewing an interesting individual at the moment who certainly has a wide variety of influences and inspirations, I was shocked to hear all the different angles that he’s explored and the trips that he’s taken abroad. I guess all of this accumulates in …

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Products & Furniture by Vincent Van Duysen

Sometimes I feel like function can get lost in the beauty of an object, I regularly come across works, now mainly thanks to the shop, that fit in both categories but could be classed as a bit too ‘precious’. This leads to another dilemma, the idea that something of this nature loses its functionality because of its beauty or feel. Does this make it non-functional? Has it lost its purpose? I couldn’t say I’ve found the holy grail of answers, but it’s …

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Works by Japanese Potter Mamiko Wada

After my recent posts on architecture, basket weaving, lacquerware and antique art, I feel like I’ve been pulling out all the stops to show a variety of different subjects on the blog. It’s not always that easy, as usually these things come in bunches so you end up with too many architects or too much furniture, but that’s just life I suppose. So I thought I’d place in some simplistic pottery that’s extremely inspiring, particularly as I’m craving to get in …

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Bamboo Art by Hajime Nakatomi

I spent a little time this morning researching bamboo art and its origins, as expected I discovered some amazing facts and learnt quite a lot on the subject. This art reminds me of architecture in a lot of ways, but just at a much much smaller scale. Structurally it’s absolutely brilliant and there’s no better example in my opinion than Japanese maker Hajime Nakatomi. Just check out the details in the above picture, it’s crazy …

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