Category Archives: Product Design

Kae Kanamori

Found these bags and accessories on two of our favorite Japanese sites for handmade products, Iichi and Minne. We love the patterns and the application of the designs on various items.  The Tokyo-based artist, Kai Kanamori, draws the patterns, dyes the patterns on linen and sews the finished handcrafted product.

The artist graduated from Nagoya University of Arts and worked as an illustrator.  In 2015 she officially launched her brand, Kaeson.

You can follow the artist on her website, Facebook and Instagram.  Her products can be purchased on Minne and Iichi but we’re not certain if they do international sales.  

Images:  Courtesy of Kae Kanamori.

photoAlquimia

photoAlquimia is a design studio based in Madrid, Spain.  Carlos Jiménez is the photographer and Pilar Balsalobre is the art director, both involved in providing creative solutions in developing spaces, objects and events.  Their main source of inspiration is nature, trades and handcrafting techniques.  As they have written in their company philosophy it is evident that “nature has given them answers of unimaginable value”.

You can view their work on their website, Behance and Facebook.  Their products are available in their website shop.

Images:  Courtesy of photoAlquimia.

Earl’s Favourites

One of the reasons we visit Japan often is to scout many of their unique products.  We found these on the Japanese online marketplace, Creema.  These are the creations of Osawa, a fashion magazine editor and Saka, a textile design major and illustrator.  They make leather accessories and bags sold under the brand name, Earl’s Favourites.  They have a retail store in Tokyo and conduct workshops as well. 

You can view more of their accessories on their website and on Creema.

Images:  Courtesy of Earl’s Favourites.