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Michiaki Mochizuki | Studio Visit

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

One of our biggest blessings came in the form of a gift from our friend Noriyasu for our wedding in 2016. He had given us an original framed painting –…

The Man Behind the Woodworker

Written by Aya Nihei

My conversations with master woodworker Ryuji Mitani across the years of our acquaintance have revealed him to me as a truly extraordinary person. His work holds both great beauty and…

Makoto Koizumi | Studio Visit

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Our love for Makoto Koizumi comes from a place of respect, a heavy admiration of his works that embody every aspect of what we consider good design. We’ve been communicating…

Takayoshi Narita of Studio Tint | Studio Visit

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

We have an exhibition coming up with Takayoshi Narita of Studio Tint – a rare kind of artisan, his mastery in wrought-iron is practically a dying art. For this reason…

A Day in the Life of Masanobu Ando

A Day in the Life of Masanobu Ando

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

There’s something naturally appealing about walking into a green forest and even more so when it guides you down a path to a place that is just as wildly inspirational….

Studio Visit – Matthew Johnson

Studio Visit – Matthew Johnson

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

I cannot graciously highlight my excitement towards our latest print series with Matthew Johnson without first explaining the path which brought us to working with this talented photographer. Matthew is…

The World of Ryuji Mitani

The World of Ryuji Mitani

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

With my seat at the table of a quaint soba restaurant in Japan directly at the opposite end of the acclaimed Ryuji Mitani, I wondered, how did I get here? I…

Joining Forces with Aya Nihei

Joining Forces with Aya Nihei

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

The name Aya Nihei has been making its way more and more into our features ever since this talented writer started contributing for us. We’ve briefly mentioned her in our…

Spotlight on Mitsuhiro Konishi

Spotlight on Mitsuhiro Konishi

Written by Stevenson Aung

Mitsuhiro Konishi is a sculptor and blacksmith who creates handcrafted metal cutlery well known for its incorporation of textures. Konishi, originally from Okinawa, gained an appreciation of craftsmanship from his…

Transforming States: Factory Zoomer’s Kazumi Tsuji on Finding a Calling in Glassware

Transforming States: Factory Zoomer’s Kazumi Tsuji on Finding a Calling in Glassware

Written by Aya Nihei

I’m always impressed with the way an artisan works, their well-organized processes, their techniques, and their confidant demeanor as professionals in the studio. I am unable to take my eyes off…

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