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Joining Forces with Overhaul Media

Joining Forces with Overhaul Media

Written by Stevenson Aung

This is the team behind our beloved website! We first came in contact with Overhaul Media’s work through the website they did for our friends at Canadian menswear retailer, Haven….

Awakening the Raw Material: A Dialogue with Oji Masanori

Awakening the Raw Material: A Dialogue with Oji Masanori

Written by Stevenson Aung

It’s 3pm on a pleasant Tokyo afternoon, our train intercom prompts us that JR Kawagoe station is approaching. We were told to wait at the station for a ride that will bring us to the studios of Oji & Design. Once we debark…

Joining Forces with Armando Rafael Moutela

Joining Forces with Armando Rafael Moutela

Written by Stevenson Aung

Some of you have been wondering who takes the beautiful photographs on Nalata Nalata, so we wanted to introduce him to you. Meet our very good friend Armando Rafael Moutela. We’ve…

Design Insights: A Conversation with Rina Ono

Design Insights: A Conversation with Rina Ono

Written by Stevenson Aung

I first meet Rina Ono awaiting me at the exit of the JR Kawagoe Station, when I arrive to this distant borough of Tokyo. It’s always a thrill for me to meet fellow designers, but particularly when one has designed…

Joining Forces with Donell Hutson

Joining Forces with Donell Hutson

Written by Stevenson Aung

We’ve teamed up with illustrator Donell Hutson! I’ve known Donell since our days in the Graduate Industrial Design program at the Pratt Institute. He is one of the most talented…

In the Presence of Makoto Koizumi: A Glimpse into the Studio

In the Presence of Makoto Koizumi: A Glimpse into the Studio

Written by Stevenson Aung

It’s not everyday you get an opportunity to meet a legendary designer, so on my commute to the Makoto Koizumi Studio on the east side of Tokyo, I remember feeling like I had the best job in the world…

The Art of Charcuterie: An OnOurTable Spotlight

The Art of Charcuterie: An OnOurTable Spotlight

Written by Stevenson Aung

My first encounter with Geoffrey Lilge was about 7 years ago in a woodshop on the campus of the University of Alberta (Edmonton, Canada). I remember distinctly that he was…

Bend and Hold: Maintaining Traditions at Saito Wood

Bend and Hold: Maintaining Traditions at Saito Wood

Written by Stevenson Aung

Awaiting me at the exit of the Shizuoka train station, Takuya welcomes me with a slight bow of the head and a firm handshake. He was able to pick me out of a crowd of more than fifty people getting off the Shinkansen…

Under the Same Umbrella: Three Generations of the Umbrella Shop

Under the Same Umbrella: Three Generations of the Umbrella Shop

Written by Stevenson Aung

Caught unexpectedly during a rainstorm on Granville Island in Vancouver, we duck into into a small shop with the most cheerful staff and colorful umbrellas. The atmosphere…

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