Japanese Tea Utensils at Kamon Engineering

My fascination with the Japanese tea ceremony isn’t anything new, I suppose it comes from my general attraction towards the lifestyle and mentality over there. I also quite like the idea of Buddhism and zen, this is also a theme that I tend to see in other designers that I admire, it’s sort of weird how everything links together in a way. Charles and Ray Eames for example had definite ties with Japan, even holding a Japanese tea …

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Nakamura Kobo Atelier by TED x Tohoku

We’ve not featured projects involving fabrics here for a while, probably because we’ve not come across anything incredible, maybe also because we’ve tried to step back from this world to set ourselves apart. My passion revolves around the reduction in design down to its purest form, and this specific piece kicked out some thoughts on making as a process and how it’s developed over time. With the modern age that we live in it’s hard to …

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Japanese & Oriental Art at Hotoke Antiques

A selection of beautiful bowls and antiques from a shop called Hotoke, located in Isumi, Japan. Their website yesterday offered a great amount of inspiration, particularly on the ceramic side of things, but I was also interested in the other objects that had cultural significance to the orients. This comes of great value to me after studying Soetsu Yanagi and reading the fantastic book that is ‘The Unknown Craftsman’, also getting more …

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A Film on Mingei Artist Minoru Kano

Wow, I came across this fantastic video earlier and I was surprised to see that it had only been watched 200 times in four years. A bit depressing to say the least. I have to admit the quality is not incredible, with most of it being very grainy and low on volume, but the content in the film is very inspiring and is perfectly matched to the topics we like to talk about (also the objects we tend to sell in our shop). Over the last year or so I’ve gained a …

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Works by David Worsley, Dove Street Pottery

My fascination with Mingei, the folk arts, and craft in general has made me delve deeply to find individuals with the same thoughts and aesthetic as myself. As mentioned above, Mingei has set the tone ever since I read Soetsu Yanagi’s book The Unknown Craftsman, Sori Yanagi’s father, who examines the Japanese way of viewing and appreciating art and beauty in everyday crafts, such as ceramics, lacquer, textiles, and wood …

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