I’m thrilled to share this edition of Attributes from our friends Jean Lee and Dylan Davis of Ladies & Gentlemen Studio. L&G Studio’s collection of vintage inspired home goods are inventive, unusual, and infused with the couple’s sense of humor and impeccable design sensibility. I’ll let Jean and Dylan say the rest, and if you haven’t seen their work yet, you can check it out here.
We’d like to share a set of items collected from our recent trip to Japan. We love to travel and end up acquiring more functional objects or found artifacts that represent & remind us of the everyday lifestyle of that specific place. Part of it is that we simply appreciate the more ubiquitous things since we feel that they are symbols of the culture, lifestyle and environment. What we find is that these objects help us contemplate and reconsider our own everyday things and how we use (and can use) them.
From top going clockwise: // Plastic white spoons & stirring sticks: common utensils from grocery stores or when riding the bullet train // Patterned masking tape from MT // Hand forged steel spoon from a metal smith artist in Chiba // Brass knife spread from metal artist in Osaka // Smal nesting ceramic bowls for science lab use // Found rocks from Okayama Garden // Wooden OMAMORI: Japanese amulets from shrines for good luck // Traditional bamboo spoons for condiments // Miniature Japanese-style snips: typically good for cutting sewing thread, but this miniature, less than 2″ size snip is good for being tiny & cute! // Hand-forged Japanese style snip: typical usable size from a Kyoto based knife maker // Handmade ceramic hair tie // Toothpicks from various restaurants: wood bark texture and one made with rice starch // Found branch from a Japanese pine tree: reminds us of our experience playing with our friends’ kids at a playground // A packet of 12 miniature Japanese fishermen figures: They’re for model making, but I just like how tiny they are // Tiny 2″ long hand forged brass pocket knife from a knife maker in Kyoto // Found unknown Japanese acorn-like things from walking around Kyoto // Cute packaging of sugar cubes at a French-Japanese cafe //