INSPIRATIONS

Aki

Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.

Stanley Horowitz
Something happens when autumn begins, when the temperatures start getting colder and the leaves on the trees slowly change color from vibrant greens to yellows and oranges, almost seeking out the warmth that the weather is losing. In Japanese culture, Autumn is a time of rice harvesting, of traditional festivities of celebration and gather to stay warm, welcoming the colder season. There is something beautiful about witnessing nature falling asleep to recover its energy, enjoying the transformation of the foliage knowing that they will be reborn again come spring.

Momiji

The fall foliage in Japan is a magnificent sight that has inspired artists and poets for centuries, with a specific name for this phenomen, called momiji, meaning the red leaves of the maple tress, so much so that one popular fall activity consists of searching for the most striking shades of leaves. Shades of red and orange have profound influence on Japanese culture; symbolising protection and strenght, it isn't surprising that these colors have been used to highlight buildings and interiors for centuries, with the characteristic red cinnabar colour.

Every leaf speaks bliss to me, fluttering from the
autumn tree.

– Emily Brontë

Compact

Ceramic Mosaic
Red - Detail

We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.

— Arthur Golden

Wellness

For Buddhists, Autumn represents a moment that is important both spiritually and symbolically as it reminds us that life is ephemeral. For this reason, Onsen are particularly enjoyed during this time: besides their warming and therapeutic qualities, onsen were believed to possess mystical and holy powers because of the mineral content of the geothermal spring water. Furthermore, the process of creating a fire to heat water for a bath was historically quite an ordeal, so the natural hot water emanating from the earth became something that was highly valued.

Ming Green

Natural Stone
Herring Bones 35x150mm size - Detail
  • Ming Green

    Natural Stone
    Herring Bones 35x150mm size - Detail

Sticks

Ceramic Mosaic
Jade - Detail

Tradition

Being a very old country, it isn't surprising that a lot of traditional Japanese Aesthetics are forms of beauty in Japanese culture that derive from earlier centuries. Simplicity, elegance and neutral colors have been part of the many aesthetics for a long time, and the artistic expression of traditional nature have been used as meditation and enlightment concepts fir even longer. Artistic beauty is seen not only as expression of creativity, but also as part of zen teachings for anyone who wishes to seek such inner peace.

Only the hand that erases can write the true thing.

– Meister Eckhart

Salt & Pepper

Full Body
Taupe - Detail

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