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Ten Perfect Pairings – A Neighborhood Gift Guide

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

For Valentine’s Day this year we created a gift guide pairing our items with items sold by some of our favorite downtown shops in New York. We’ve become friends with…

Hidden Details | Norio Tanno Tea Case

Written by Stevenson Aung

Whenever we get the rare delivery of wooden objects from Norio Tanno, we remember exactly why we go through great lengths to procure the finest handcrafted items we can get…

New Year’s Osechi

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

Our year started off with new adventures into the Japanese culinary world and we couldn’t have had the opportunity without the hospitality of our good friend, Aya Nihei, who prepared…

Wood Cup by Nalata Nalata

Wood Cup by Nalata Nalata

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

When we first moved to New York as students, somehow managing to find an apartment in the East Village, we quickly began to notice how the pace of the city…

Before Opening Night | Video

Before Opening Night | Video

Written by Stevenson Aung

Exhibitions, like our most recent, Forging Shadows, are an intersection of an artisan’s career work and a curator’s point of view. Each artisan’s breath of work is so large and varied…

Forging Shadows | Takayoshi Narita Exhibition Recap

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

We had a great time during last week’s Forging Shadows exhibition. Although Takayoshi Narita works in only two materials, stainless steel and wrought-iron, the textures on his works are so…

Forging Shadows | Exhibition Playlist

Forging Shadows | Exhibition Playlist

Written by Stevenson Aung

 Music has always been a part of our exhibitions as sound can set the tone for an event as much as any other sense. When we experienced Takayoshi Narita’s…

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…

The Making of Tenugui Cloths

The Making of Tenugui Cloths

Written by Angélique Chmielewski

We wanted to share this video produced by Kamawanu about the making of their tenugui cloths. Since their inception in 1987, the company has been practicing the art of chusen…

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