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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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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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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Wooden Utensils and Vessels by Hiroyuki Sugawara

I came across these stunning utensils and vessels over the weekend thanks to maker Hiroyuki Sugawara from Japan. All of his woodworkings come out of his studio titled Greenlight in Chichibu, Saitama Prefecture, where he works on crafting these pieces by hand. Hiroyuki originally came from a background in product design but decided to set up a small workshop when he retired, I think you …

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Shop Imagery by H Works in Japan

My latest explorations revolve around a trio of books that I purchased delving into the art of the tea ceremony in Japan and the concept of life over there in general. One particular book that has gripped me over the past few days was written by Junichiro Tanizaki titled ‘in praise of shadows’, it’s actually quite a short publication but I was entranced all the way through as he mentioned architecture, food, lacquerware and an array …

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Wooden Tableware and Sundries at Manufact Jam

Wooden utensils have been featured quite a lot lately on the blog, it’s been great to see the different creatives who’re making these pieces of art, in fact I don’t think they’re respected as much as they should be. To make items like I’m showcasing today is incredibly hard. I’ve been challenging myself over the past few weeks to get productive on this front and make some wooden …

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M.Saito Wood Works

Stumbling across the M.Saito Wood Works website really made my morning, I’ve been thinking about the different ways of manipulating wood for a little while now and carving small objects seems like a good way to get used to the material. Originally I was just cutting and sawing bases for some wire sculptures that I’ve been producing but now I think it would be great to take it that one step further and make some utensils that I could use on a daily …

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