Green Tea Inspiration at Hibiki-an

It’s great finding new inspiration in all different fields, the blog is the perfect place for us to get our thoughts out there and put our own twist on certain subjects, ones that don’t get much light on other websites. I guess in this life everything is interconnected and our daily lives, or things we choose to make a part of our lives, influence our perception and make us become more aware of our surroundings and influences. Personally, I gain …

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Collecting Lacquer with Kenji Suzuki

It’s not often that I bring films into the archive, Daniel tends to have a knack for finding the best on the web in the fields of art, design and craft. But today I came across this short piece that doesn’t have any commentary, but has very simple filming and features some curious ongoings. In fact, I’ve been studying the processes behind lacquerware and the methods they use over the last few months which led me onto this short film that showcases …

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Inspirational Structures by Takeshi Hosaka Architects

Usually we’re known for highlighting lesser-known independents who work on smaller scale projects. Takeshi Hosaka is quite the opposite of that, being a much bigger architecture firm who’ve worked on some big projects over the years, they’re also recognised internationally for their good work (recently winning quite a few awards and being posted quite a lot around the web). Takeshi …

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Reclaimed Wooden Furniture by Hugo Franca

It’s not everyday that we’re lucky enough to come across works like we have here today from Brazilian artist and craftsman Hugo Franca, but boy does it make your morning when projects of this nature do come along. Hugo is responsible for the bespoke handmade furniture that you see before you, all of which he handcrafts from reclaimed wood as a means to preserve the beauty found in the natural environment, through both functional …

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Plant Imagery by Qusamura

Plant pictures and imagery featuring greenery puts me in quite a trance, lately I’ve been excited by the mixture of vessels combined with living things such as a cactus or a bonsai. I actually own a bonsai myself and it takes center stage on a windowsill in my house, nurturing it is a very rewarding experience when you watch it develop and grow slowly over time. Although I have a normal bonsai pot it would be great to get something like …

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Beyond the Gardens Series by Lonelyleap

I’ve just realised that I’ve not found or wrote about any good films lately, which is shame because we’ve showcased so many terrific independent filmmakers over the years. To break my streak I’m bringing forward this video series that I came across yesterday which I thought was something quite special and seemed to strike a chord with me personally. At the moment I get inspired by greenery and all things zen, I especially like the …

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The Inspirations and Works of Potter Len Castle

Aha! Here we go again, more pottery and ceramics. This time in the form of New Zealand potter Len Castle who received a CBE for Services to Pottery and has also been awarded many merits over his lifetime for his work in the creative arts. Although he sadly passed away at the age of 86 in 2011 his work still lives on and it’s fantastic to see not only his pieces, which are magical and quite unbelievable, but also his insp …

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Bonsai by Colby Waller

Bonsai’s are quite an interesting subject and have been an on and off fascination of mine for a little while , it’s a shame but you never seem to hear much about them on the internet. Last night I stumbled across this video by Colby Waller about the Nation Bonsai Museum in Washington D.C. arboretum. The arboretum is a living museum where trees, shrubs, and herbaceous plants are cultivated for scientific and …

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Architecture Photographed by Grant Mudford

This is a prime example of two creative subjects coming together to form a great marriage, as seen here with this series of photography based on architecture by Grant Mudford. Incredible to see such great photography coupled with the admiration for the buildings themselves and how they’ve been designed, you really do see them in a whole new light. Grant is a Los Angeles based photographer who first studied …

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Set of Imagery from Craig Spence

In the last few weeks I’ve had the tendency to revisit a lot of creatives work who we’ve featured in the past so I felt it was about time I introduced you to a new one. With this in mind photographer Craig Spence is heading into our archive today with this delightful set of self documenting images. Travelling to the west of America on vacation, Craig was compelled to take a break from documenting outside entities and instead …

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Natural Films by Style Design Japan

I picked up these two short films by Tatsuo Yamamoto, owner of a website in Japan called Style Design. From what I can translate and decipher he owns a business that produces design work and on the side he’s an avid photographer and filmmaker. Or maybe it’s merged altogether, who knows. I titled these “Natural Films” as I think it sums up the category pretty well and presents you with something different to the norm. Recently we’ve posted a lot …

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