Film Series on Yukinori Jinnohara

It’s fair to say we have quite a healthy obsession with Japan and their craftsmanship/design. I think it’s easy to admire the fact that in many areas they’ve been driven by the concept of preserving their tradition and heritage of making. Unfortunately here in the West we’ve lost touch with many disciplines that others considered our bread and butter previously, so it’s refreshing to see this humble attachment to craft by Yukinori …

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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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Yoshiyuki Kato’s Woodworks

It’s not always always an easy job finding new and interesting creatives to talk about, a lot of the time you stumble across the same individuals that are doing great things. One place I’ve always been fascinated by is Japan and Japanese culture, mainly their way of life and also their simplicity in design. You could possibly match it up to the Scandinavian aesthetic in some ways but the history revolving around a lot of their crafts is …

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Collection of work from Derek Weidman

In recent months I’ve become really fascinated by the art of wood turning and the beautiful forms that you can create. In fact I would have featured more work here from this medium but for one frustrating problem, the most accomplished turners that I’ve come across have been homing their craft for twenty years plus, which means they’re a little out of the loop when it comes to presenting their work online. Therefore most imagery is either poorly …

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Collection of Works by Woodturner Jonathan Leech

I thought we’d stay in England for this post as I’ve just come across a wood turner based in Cumbria who’s work I think lots of you will appreciate. Jonathan Leech has set himself a solid foundation as an artistic woodturner hosting many of his creations in local galleries, forming a healthy relationship with the National Trust in the process. Skimming through his page I was really impress …

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Short Film on Ben Kandel

Many of us the world over hear each day in the news about how the economic downturn is affecting the prospects of our young people, so it’s refreshing to hear an alternative story in this short film about Ben Kandel. One of the positives for design is that the financial climate has presented us with people who are getting back into making things for themselves, which is exactly what Ben has chosen to do, starting his own …

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