Been looking at hearts for the upcoming holiday and found these in one of Japan’s lifestyle blog. The brand, Shiratani Kobo, makes their products using recycled scrap wood from dismantled houses and construction sites. They create household goods, stationery, accessories and furniture. Each piece is carefully handmade with carpenter’s designs and techniques that have been passed down for hundreds of years. The name of the workshop comes from the place name of Shirotani village where their workshop is located.
More of their work can be viewed on their website, Facebook and Instagram. They sell their work in the Japanese handmade market sites, Iichi and Minne.
Images: Courtesy of Shiratani Kobo (aka Shiroitani Koubou).
Michael Pickl’s education consist of state vocational school for wood sculpturing as well as sculpting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Nuremberg. After ten years of education in Germany he has developed a bond between man and the material of wood through art. He creates sculptures of plain contemporary men and women, as we can see daily on the streets, presenting them in moments of relaxation and happiness. His work is not detail oriented but each of his sculptures bears a different, yet always powerful emotion. The artist lives and works in Upper Palatinate, Germany.
More of his work can be seen on his website and is represented by Galerie-Hegemann, Germany.
Images: Courtesy of Michael Pickl.