Ruka Kikuchi, also known by his nickname Lue, makes utensils and accessories out of brass in the Japanese city of Setouchi. Born in 1983 in Soja, a city located in Okayama Prefecture, Ruka trained to be a metalworker under his father Masaaki Kikuchi in early 2000. After a six-year apprenticeship, he
Functional design can sometimes be limiting in the fact that there’s only so much play in the shape of an object. Take bowls or plates as an example, it’s going be hard to break the mould and create a form that actually outside of the function that’s set in our mind. That’s w
We have now added a beautiful selection of spoons in to the shop, including the horn tea measure, horn olive spoon, and horn marmalade spoon handmade in Denmark by Hornvarefabrikken.
Ruka Kikuchi, also known by his nickname Lue Brass, has produced these new dishes and selection of cutlery for OEN shop. They will slowly patina and change over time.
Inspired by the landscape surrounding her in the Isle of Skye, Helena Emmans crafts these silver spoons by hand and applies subtle nuances to the surface to breathe life in to these solid forms.
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 nev
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 throu
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 make
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 backgrou
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’,