New Lacquerware in the Shop by Maiko Okuno

Sometimes you just come across those designers or makers that instantly click, those that marry your aesthetic sensibility with the qualities of the final object. When I first appreciated Maiko Okuno’s works up-close this was my exact feeling, the beautiful forms that I saw in the photographs were not only backed up by the physicality in my hand, they were surpassed, I just couldn’t believe it. To be honest, my breathe is still taken away every …

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Vessels and Spoons by Fushimi Lacquer Workshop

In the next few weeks we’ll have a brand new selection of lacquerware by Fujii Works arriving in store, I’m super excited as I’ve decided to extend the range a little and offer more goods in the lacquer department. I was originally nervous to include such a ‘niche’ product in our line-up, as you never know how it will be received by people, but considering we’re totally sold out of all the …

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Lacquer Boxes & Vessels Designed by Oji Masanori for Wajima Kirimoto

Japanese designer Oji Masanori has been of major interest for many years now, he mainly designs ‘living’ products, this includes furniture and other smaller goods for the household. One of his most popular series was that designed for metal casting company FUTAGAMI, he made a selection of goods such as a small set of office trays, paperweights and a few pieces of kitchenware …

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Japanese Lacquerware at TOKI no KUMO

Japanese gallery and craft store TOKI no KUMO has been a favourite destination of mine to visit, in fact I’ve wrote about them a few times previously here on the site. I usually check back every so often to see their progress as a store and get an eyeful of the interesting selection of products that they stock. Often rare and very unusual, especially for this side of the world. Even though I’m always on the look out for shops with inspiring content …

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Short Film on Lacquer Artist Masaru Nishimura

After an assortment of topics being discussed here on the blog this week, it seemed nice to switch it up a little and watch an experienced lacquer artist at work. I thought it might give some context to the items that we already have in the shop, particularly the lacquerware by husband and wife duo Fujii Works. We’re always getting pleasant remarks on these works, , both admirers and customers alike, usually the first thing that you hear is ‘these …

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Japanese Craftsman and Making Processes by Adam Fulford

Last night I was supposed to be getting on with some work but I ended up spending half of it watching through these incredible videos placed up by Adam Fulford. I previously sat through one on the lacquer process a few months back but he’s uploaded a lot more and they’re ever so inspiring, I was in awe watching all the craftsmen create in silence, Adam seems to be living a dream of …

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