Futagami Brass Household Goods

Metal working and metal objects are quite hard to come by these days, I’ve not found much that has really grabbed my attention over the past year or so. The problem with these metal items is that it’s hard to make something that’s got real character and depth to it, usually it’s either a silver functional piece that you can’t really connect to, or it’s something totally sculptural and quite flamboyant. These seen here on the other hand meet both …

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Lifestyle and Product Imagery at Kitanosumaisekkeisha

We’re regularly on the lookout for inspiring photography and lifestyle imagery, it’s definitely a good reference for us in the shop since it gives us ideas and tips for our own, it’s also refreshing to see how objects could be used in different environments. Take for example this shop in Japan that I came across named Kitanosumaisekkeisha (very much a mouthful I know), they’ve done …

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Plus Minus Zero Wire Ware Designed by Naoto Fukasawa

A simple but unique selection by Plus Minus Zero in Japan, designed by the one and only Naoto Fukasawa. I suppose when you’re a famous designer it gives you the chance to work on some interesting projects, this particular company being one of them who has given Naoto Fukasawa full design direction. I’m guessing this wasn’t a natural evolution as such, since Plus Minus Zero …

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New in the Shop, Wood Worker Mitsuru Maeda

Today we’ve got a new entrant in the store who goes by the name of Mitsuru Maeda. Born in Tokyo, the Japanese craftsman has been manipulating wood for over 15 years. After working at two different workshops during his career he took the jump and started his own workshop in Toyko, where he still makes and resides to this day under the company name ‘Ki-to-te’. As well as tableware, what we’re currently stocking in the shop …

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MUJI Meets IDEE, A Set of Case Studies

MUJI happens to be one of those interesting companies who offer a selection of products that sit quite close to our general aesthetic, but maybe miss out on the craft/independent element. They rarely highlight the original makers, possibly because a lot of the ideas are duplicated from the handiwork market in Japan, but I’ve got a lot of respect for what they’re doing at the lower end of the spectrum. They are really making people …

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Inside the Studio of Japanese Potter Takeryo Kawaguchi

Today I’ve come across another special little feature that really grabbed my attention, it’s an inside look at the studio of Japanese potter Takeryo Kawaguchi. He makes some incredible pieces like bowls, cups and tea pots so it’s great to see the process and the environment that he creates in. He was born in Arita-cho, Saga Prefecture in 1974 and is actually quite new to …

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Homewares and Lifestyle Imagery at Stroll Store

It’s always great to see lifestyle imagery of ceramics, furniture and other objects as it gives you an idea of how these pieces function in a real world environment. It’s something we’re looking to add into our shop in the near future but it’s quite hard to master, we’ve tried lots of options, both 35mm and digital, but we’ve not quite found the happy medium that we’re after, luckily for us …

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Ceramics and Stoneware by Matthias Kaiser

I’ve known and cooperated with Matthias Kaiser for quite a while now, he’s a great guy with a unique talent. If you haven’t seen his works before Matthias makes porcelain objects such as vases and bowls, he also produces stoneware items like teapots and plates, sometimes you may even see him dabble in sculpture. Why I find him interesting is because of his life story and his general aesthetic, I’m always amazed by the backgro …

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