Designs by David Ericsson

Let’s head to Sweden now on the content front, there’s a lot to admire in this part of the world, particularly when it comes to, yes you guessed it, design. I’m steering away from what you would typically expect me to be sharing today in terms of well established individuals or brands however, and instead I’ve opted to highlight an independent going it alone after homing his skills at the Carl Malmsten furniture course in Linköping. David Ericsson …

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Furnishings, Objects and More at Modern Fifty

After my recent book purchase, ‘The Unknown Craftsman’ written by Soetsu Yanagi which was adapted by Bernard Leach, it’s been great to capture the essence of someone who makes by hand. It has also opened my eyes to the relationship between an artisan or designer and the finished product itself. Should their name be placed on a piece? Should the object evoke or take on a creatives particular style? Should it be universal …

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Reclaimed Wooden Furniture by Hugo Franca

It’s not everyday that we’re lucky enough to come across works like we have here today from Brazilian artist and craftsman Hugo Franca, but boy does it make your morning when projects of this nature do come along. Hugo is responsible for the bespoke handmade furniture that you see before you, all of which he handcrafts from reclaimed wood as a means to preserve the beauty found in the natural environment, through both functional …

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Large Wooden Pebbles by Joel Sayre

Some fantastic wooden pebbles that I came across earlier made by Joel Sayre. They reminded me of two of my favourite woodworkers, one named Alma Allen and the other being Ed Moulthrop, the so called ‘father of modern wood turning’. Possibly Alma because of the shape and lovely finish, and maybe Ed because of the woods that Joel tends to use, which is quite a variety to be honest. The pebble above is made out of a monkey puzzle …

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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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Introduction to Sculptor Michael Coffey by Bespoke Global

This was a real treat of a find today, and I was quite lucky to stumble across it in all honesty. I was taking my usual travels to come across something unique/different that I could showcase and I had remembered I was going to research sculptor Michael Coffey but never got around to it after seeing a selection of work on the Wright auction site. Once I had dug around a little I …

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Plywood Furniture in the Marcel Breuer Archive

Mr Breuer isn’t exactly a stranger to our archive, these modernist designers always seem to crop up again and again with their classic timeless designs, ones that I’m extremely envious of. Take for example these plywood furniture pieces by Marcel sourced from his ever growing digital archive, it’s a fantastic place to pick up inspiration and general tips and tricks in terms of drawing and idea generation. Very informative and great for all …

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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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Lacquerware Stones by Noboru Akagi Akira

My interest in lacquerware has hit quite a high, investigating the different methods is highly interesting as it’s something that’s totally new to me. Us folk in Europe haven’t really experienced this sort of craft before, it’s not something that’s readily available and easy to find. Although I’ve touched upon the general concept I’ve not really explained about the lacquer and its background. Real Japanese lacquer is actually an organic …

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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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Woodenware by Masahiro Endo

Some beautiful wooden objects by Japanese woodworker and designer Masahiro Endo, he’s been on my watch list for quite a while and I’ve had his personal website bookmarked for a later date. Today seems like a good day to have a browse through the portfolio and talk about some interesting elements regarding his work, specifically those wonderful handmade touches. Masahiro makes a living from his workshop named TURN …

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