Steeped in symbolism, Ikebana is a mindful activity that is about much more than creating a pretty floral arrangement. It’s a practice in honouring the seasons, and our relationship to nature. Ikebana teaches us that nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect, and by accepting this we can experience tremendous beauty.
Winterwares began as a one-woman show, and it's now evolved into a thriving pottery studio with nine women behind the scenes creating the magic. I want to introduce you to all the members of the Winterwares team, each of them brings their own talent and stories to make our company so beautiful to be part of.
Cultivate a home that becomes your sanctuary away from the noisy world outside. Create spaces that hold you when you need to be held. Design your rooms to contain treasured everyday items that fill your heart with joy. Pair back the excess and fall in love with what remains.
Simona is a kindred spirit of mine, she has a passion for creating something local, small batch and beautiful and shares it with the world. Lucky for us, she moved here to Perth from Czechia and brought with her a centuries old recipe for Honeycake. It's become a cult dessert destination for locals and travellers, and is like nothing you've had before!
I know that you like the same things I like, so trust me, you will love Florence, a gorgeous retreat created by Hidden Cabins. It’s got the trifecta – thoughtfulness, charm and smart design. The kind of place that wraps around you and holds space for you to exhale. It has everything you need when you want to check out of the hustle and check in to feeling human again, and it's than 2 hours south of Perth.
Every year for her sisters birthday, Imby Langenbach would post her something she made. One year it was a soft leather clutch, the design was so well loved, she kept being asked to make more. That's how Karmme (pronounced calm) was born. She now makes leather clutches in her studio in Sydney, focusing on small batch production and collaborating with other creatives.
Take a peek into the home of Food Stylist Kirsten Jenkins. Her impressive CV includes a list of Australia's most loved food magazines – she's been a stylist for Donna Hay, Delicious and Mindfood. (She's done TV too, working behind the scenes on the first season of Masterchef Australia). I love her philosophy around cooking and styling, Kirsten co-authored a book of sweet pie recipes where "spillages really are just an opportunity for more caramelisation and a misshapen pie just adds to the rustic feel".
Whether we're conscious of it or not, we all make design decisions every day, and those decisions affect our lives in subtle and profound ways. The DesignFreo exhibition Object, Place, Space was created to explore this idea. I was so honoured to invited by the curator, Pippa Hurst, to answer the questions of how our decisions as consumers affect our lives, the legacy our choices leave for future generations and the pleasure we can take in quality design.
Andrew Williams is a humble expert in zen garden philosophy and design. Originally from the Washington D.C area, he has called Japan home for the last 10 years. He lives in Kyoto with his wife and two beautiful young kids. Before coming to Japan he was a professional garden designer, designing and building large-scale residential gardens in Denver, Seattle, and Kauai. I was so thrilled he agreed to share his knowledge of Japan with me, you're going to love our conversation.