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Studio Visit – Nicole Patel

Studio Visit – Nicole Patel

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Recently we spent an afternoon visiting our friend and talented artist, Nicole Patel, at her home in Nyack, about an hour from New York City. We came back feeling inspired…

Behind the Scenes at Jicon

Behind the Scenes at Jicon

Written by Stevenson Aung

As promised, here is a recap of my visit to the Jicon showroom and studio – one of the highlights of my latest trip to Japan! Jicon was created as…

The Man Behind the Brand: Mr. Toshihiro Futagami

The Man Behind the Brand: Mr. Toshihiro Futagami

Written by Stevenson Aung

I first came across the works of Futagami several years ago through pictures showcasing sets of bottle openers and trivets. I instantly connected with them. The minimal, circular and cutout shapes…

A World of Observation: The 10¹² Terra Outlook

A World of Observation: The 10¹² Terra Outlook

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

As much as I have always liked the thought of incorporating plant life into our home, the trick was always how to keep them alive. I don’t have much of a green thumb so it wasn’t until my discovery…

A Closer Look at Jusan-Ya

A Closer Look at Jusan-Ya

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Combs can be very personal items and in some instances seen as spiritual objects. The Japanese word for comb, kushibi, translates to “working with spirits” because in ancient times, people would…

The Rousokuza Candle Tradition

The Rousokuza Candle Tradition

Written by Stevenson Aung

We recently released a selection of candles by the Takazawa Candle Co. and we’re happy to be one of the few retailers introducing a broad range of Japanese candles available outside…

A Closer Look at Uchino

A Closer Look at Uchino

Written by Stevenson Aung

We recently released six distinct styles of Japanese towels in our shop and wanted to give you some insights into the acclaimed manufacturer and brand, Uchino.  With headquarters in Tokyo,…

Sharpening the Future of Tajika: The Hands Behind the Scissors

Sharpening the Future of Tajika: The Hands Behind the Scissors

Written by Stevenson Aung

When I first held a pair of Tajika scissors, I knew they embodied the level of artistry and craft I looked for in all our curated products. The hammered texture, the raw finish and the elegant curves of the forged steel…

Shaping the Kitchen with every Apron: Chatting with Hedley and Bennett

Shaping the Kitchen with every Apron: Chatting with Hedley and Bennett

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Until now, my only memories of aprons send me way back to childhood summer vacations at my grandparents’ house where I was forced to wear them while washing the dishes. They have never provoked much…

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