The Birth of Saké, A Film by Erik Shirai

Usually I have my finger on the pulse, but this time I let it slip a little. Saying that, I never shy away from the chance to learn more about a subject and soak up all the information like a sponge, hopefully you’ll take away something from this piece as well. I came across a project that had recently been funded on Kickstarter, and since I’ve been watching a number of documentaries over the past month this slotted in nicely with existing content on the …

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One Shot. One Life. by Empty Mind Films

I try to bring you a mixture of content here on the website, things that are slightly offbeat for our specific theme, but have an interesting story/concept. I especially enjoy ideas that can be pulled across as inspiration, this post today takes on a spiritual vibe but I feel it can be applied to design in specific ways, also life in general. Shockingly I haven’t come across the Empty Mind Films website before, somehow I’ve never even …

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Handcrafted Ceramic Work by Lubna Chowdhary

Sometimes I get all the credit when finding content for the blog, most of the time they’re all my own findings, but on certain occasions I get help from collaborators and those that email in submissions. Not just from creatives and designers that want me to showcase their own work, sometimes even individuals who have come across something and just decide to send it my way incase I might like …

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Japanese Glassware by Shotoku Glass Co.

Apologies to all of you who have been looking for good video content. I have come across a few short films on my travels but they’ve not really ticked all the right boxes. Some were in a foreign language, which doesn’t really help in terms of inspiration, well unless the imagery is absolutely superb. One clip I did find was on woodworker Takahashi Hidetoshi, the forms that he makes are pretty sensational and I’ve always admired how …

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The Detailers: Boat Builder Robert Darr

It’s funny how unusual collaborations lead to the creation of such interesting work. I guess over the past few years we’ve seen a heavy rush in content relating to the craft and design field, mainly focusing on makers and craftsmen. One particular field that’s used their talent to good effect is in the filmmaking department, lots of young independents have been jumping on the bandwagon and have documented various designers and artisans all …

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DISCIPLINE – Living With Mario Bellini

I’m always on the lookout for a series that can inspire me on a more consistent basis, today’s post features world renowned Italian architect and designer Mario Bellini. The short film was produced for Discipline who are a new brand that I’ve not come across before, but they seem to be promoting an interesting array of designs in their online shop, also representing different designers in a more foreword thinking manner. Making the education …

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Wood Fired Pottery by Hannah Lawrence

Yesterday at the pottery studio I was determined to make a teapot, so I had the studio owner throw the main body for me on the wheel to show the general process and how one can be formed. Like anything new, my first set of attempts were extremely poor, and I couldn’t quite grasp what I was actually trying to do. As time passed, many hours in fact, I finally got the hang of it and I could make the basic shape of the body without the clay collapsing on me …

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Richard Meier 2013 Architizer A+ Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Meier seems to have cropped up a lot lately on the web, if you’ve been checking our twitter or facebook page you may have seen me linking to articles discussing his work and achievements. Lets face it, Richard is a master when it comes to architecture, he’s spent over 50 years dedicating his life to the craft and he’s always on the pursuit to further his skill level …

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620 Chair Programme, Adapt and Change by Vitsoe

Anything Dieter Rams is sure to captivate me, I’m constantly reminded of his design ethos thanks to a poster on my office wall referencing the famous ‘ten principles for good design’. It’s been a bit of a godsend when facing certain design tasks, I can always look back at that and get a few visualisations of what I should be aiming for, usually it gets me back on the right track. I’m …

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Hans J. Wegner Short Films by BlackBird for Carl Hansen & Son

Next week I think I’ll get myself down to The Midcentury Show taking place at Lords in London. It wil be my first time but I’m looking forward to seeing some nice furniture and other goods up-close, preferably the classics that have aged well and have stayed modern over the years. To me it’s always more interesting to see the older models rather than newer models, although manufacture …

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The Shape that Moves by Iittala

I realised earlier that I’ve had a little hiatus from any films or videos on the blog, which is a shame really as one of my favourite things about the internet is short films made by fellow creatives, you can always find inspiration that you’d of never seen otherwise. Unfortunately, pictures don’t quite convey the same message as what a video can. Plus, whe it comes down to craft or design you really want to see the stuff being made or have …

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