Category Archives: Japan

Yuya Takamizawa

Thinking about trying our hands at paper cutting. These designs are the works of Japanese cutting artist, illustrator and designer Yuya Takamizawa. His work is influenced by folk art from around the world and Scandinavian design. He creates his work at Atelier Folk where he sells paper cutouts, tenugui (cloth towel), and postcards while his wife sells yeast bread and jam. You can view his work on his website and Instagram. You can also view his wife’s culinary expertise on Atelier Sparrow and on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Yuya Takamizawa.

Juho Viitasalo

Love these simple sophisticated Nordic patterns created by Finish industrial designer Juho Viilasalo. He is currently living in Japan and is the chief designer for Propex Design, a design consultancy company in Osaka. He is also the owner and chief designer at Design Viitasalo Ltd. in Finland. The patterns have been used in smart phone cases and furoshiki (wrapping cloth) textile for the Japanese brand, Kotonowa.

Images: Courtesy of Juho Viitasalo.

Sachie

Found these embroidered linen tote bags from Japanese handmade market site, Minne. The name of the maker is unavailable but her profile says the she has had an apparel practice for 15 years and has since decided to make her own favorite things. Her embroidered accessories are sold under the brand name, Sachie. You can see more of her work on Minne as well as on Instagram.

Images: Courtesy of Sachie.