Handcrafted Metalwork by Lue Kikuchi

A great place to browse if you’re ever looking for inspiration are the association pages, or those craft collectives that point out specific makers from the area in question. With my interest being Japanese art and design it made sense to search through different locations to see what was on offer. Most prefectures usually have some sort of website that highlights craftsmen in the local area, it’s just a matter of finding them as they’re often tucked …

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Metalwork by Japanese Maker Yumi Nakamura

I’ve been hunting through a selection of different makers that specialise in metalwork for the shop, mainly vessels like bowls and plates since we already stock some brilliant cutlery by Rieko Fujimoto. These goods are generally hard to come by, usually you have a lot of cutlery being produced but not many bigger pieces such as these. One creative that has designed both is Japanese metalworker Yumi Nakamura, she’s quite a …

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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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Ceramics and Objects at Everyday Needs Store

It’s not often that I come across shops or creatives in New Zealand, we’ve swayed towards Japan in recent months but there are also some fantastic things going on in other parts of the world. Particularly that side near Australia is where I’m seeing lots of creative communities pop-up and exhibit exciting work, this store that I’ve know about for a while named Everyday Needs is …

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Spirit and Skill Film Series by Zibasan Hyogo

We’re big fans of Japanese craft here so this film series that has been put together by Zibasan Hyogo was a breath of fresh air on my internet travels this morning. Tramnesia have been our go to guys recently but it was nice to come across some other entities highlighting handmade products, the more the merrier in my eyes. Today I’ve opted to focus on their first three films in the series which are based around woodworking and metalwork …

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