This weekend, a brief conversation with my uncle about Japan reminded me how many beautiful, paired down, Japanese household accessories and hardware I have recently stumbled. These pieces hold true to the minimal aesthetic associated with Japanese art and design, but do so with a beautiful softness that steps away from familiar straight lights of a Sohji Screen and other iconic Japanese items that many Americans are familiar with.
Tableware from jurgenlehlshop
|Tableware from Jurgenlehlshop|
|Everyday Scissors from|
These pieces demonstrate a trueness to form, material, and function on a human scale. The larger design community has been embracing these themes heavily lately, with a sober attitude towards the embellished. Japanese designers show that this is an inherent component of their culture rather than an immediate reaction to economic turmoil through a finessed approach to everyday household items. Regardless of the big picture, these are really lovely pieces that may provide a visual reprieve in your day-to-day activities. These pieces can be found at Futagami, Mjolk (can ship products from Futagami), and Jurgen lehl, and images are from the sites as noted in the captions.
|Simple Towel Bar from Futagami|
|Brackets by Futagami|
|Pendant Lamps by Futagami|
|Bottle Openers by Futagami|