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"I am always happy when I discover something new and would like to share this. The products, people or companies presented here are ones I have currently come across and they have reached me, with their design, function or philosophy.
These are my personal experiences, which certainly cannot be applied to everyone." 1

Maison Wabi-Sabi

The aim of Maison Wabi-Sabi is to showcase the beauty of traditional, locally made Japanese ceramics by generations of potters with globally recognised expertise.
Craftsmanship is a material asset that must be preserved and passed on to future generations.
Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese concept. Wabi means simplicity, nature, asymmetry and modesty. Sabi means change through time, the patina of objects and the labour of people.
"Four times a year, Yann Touret puts together a collection of works by different ceramists. There are always just a few, but carefully selected pieces from each of the potters, who deal with simple everyday objects (Utsuwa) such as cups, plates, bowls and bottles. This gives these objects a special attention that you can feel when you use them.
Some of the potters are already known in Europe, I'm more familiar with them from the field of tea ceramics, but there are still many new things to discover there ... for example Shogo Ikeda."

Threads of Life

Threads of Life works directly with over 1,000 women in more than 35 cooperative groups on islands from Kalimantan to Timor. The common question of these cooperatives is: "How do we preserve our culture and identity while earning a living?" The business model uses real markets to reward cultural integrity, promote environmental protection and empower families in some of the poorest areas of the world to lift themselves out of poverty.
"In November 2018, I came across the Threads of Life gallery in Ubud, Bali. They offer high quality, authentic textiles and basketry from all over Indonesia, which you can easily order in their online shop, even without travelling. The unique items supplied come with a passport, the place and year of manufacture and, in the case of textiles, a photo of the weaver."


In 2017 Nanban is born in Milan, Italy, with the purpose of introducing in Italy and in Europe the best out of Japanese production, ranging from classic design to skilled craftsmanship. Nanban aims to be a bridge between two worlds, an attempt to bring in Europe a different idea of Japan, closer to the vitality and beauty of everyday Japan, made out of timeless and essential objects, not only durable, but and above all destined to acquire an emotional dimension in time.
"While looking for Koi-Nobori as a gift, I came across Nanban on the internet. They offer Japanese everyday objects and products by great designers such as Sori Yanagi, Keisuke Serizawa and Masahiro Mori."

Native & Co

Native & Co is a London-based design studio founded by British-Japanese Chris Yoshiro Green and Taiwanese-born Sharon Jo-Yun Hung. The concept store presents classic and contemporary home pieces from Japan and Taiwan. Native & Co believes in discreet and subtle pieces made with purity.
"They offer exceptional, mainly Japanese products, a coherent selection at a high, consistent level and very good, personal service. And their corporate identity is very quiet, subtle and consistent, right down to the packaging material."
In the meantime, however, they have closed their shop in London and also the online shop at the end of September 2023.

Studio Kalff

Designer Roos Kalff developed an aesthetic language that combines past and present, reflecting historical designs in a contemporary approach to functionality and sustainability. For the glassware series, Studio Kalff uses vintage glassware as a material base to create new lighting and table pieces, changing the form and function of the original objects. All glassware is handmade and unique and consists of individually selected elements.
"I first became aware of Studio Kalff's work in Maastricht at Conflict Designmarket. I was immediately taken with the glass objects. No random products but well-considered, sensitively designed objects, always with an eye for balanced proportions and nuanced colours."

Atelier NL

Atelier NL - Nadine Sterk and Lonny van Ryswyck - develops products that demonstrate the richness of the earth and the value of local raw materials. Each earthly element tells a different story and results in a different product. Atelier NL's work is based on a passionate and unique research method that analyses the hidden narratives of the earth and everything it produces.
"I saw the ClayService for the first time at Messing Müller in Cologne. The collection around the ClayService was completed with ZandGlas, a mouth-blown glass series consisting of different, regional mostly Dutch sands."
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