I think I have a secret obsession with ceramics. If I visit a homewares store, I generally head straight for any handmade pottery I see... and touch it, hold it and rub my hands over it. Yep, its a little obsession that I'm trying hard not to indulge in, especially while I'm still living in boxes and heading overseas again this year.
The basis of this obsession really stems from my love for Japanese design. I am drawn to the organic shape and colours of Japanese ceramic vessels (the earthy palette lures me every time!) and the idea of owning something made by hand. While I may not be able to visit Japan at the moment (and ship back a container of their goodness!) here's what I'm loving in our own backyard right now.
1 / VISIT Mr Kitly for a beautiful selection of carefully curated ceramics. Bree Claffey, the owner, spent some time in Japan and this connection with the country has a strong presence in her space. However, the products sourced are international, not only from Japan, but also US, UK, France and Australia.
Mr Kitly / 381 Sydney Road (upstairs) Brunswick, Victoria.
2 / EXPLORE the new showroom of Wingnut & Co. in North Melbourne showcased this week on The Design Files (Lucy always finds a goodie!). I get so inspired when I see young guns taking control of their future! And creative owners, Asuka and Anna are a classic duo setting the example. With a family history and connection to Japan, it's only natural that their products are influenced by this traditional craftsmanship. I love their fusion of ceramics and timber products in particular (see below). Wingnut & Co. will be opening their studio to the public later this month so stay tuned for a visit!
Wingnut & Co. / North Melbourne location - to be released soon.
3 / BUY the Indigo Brush range by Robert Gordon. Agghhh! Anything blue, indigo, navy - you name it and I want it! The organic brush strokes are vibrant and striking and will work nicely with a matt brass cutlery set, don't you agree?
It's a long weekend in Victoria this week, so what plans do you have? Whatever they are, hope you have a brilliant weekend!