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Design Notes October 2009 - Azusa Hirose

While trolling the shows of London’s Design Festival last week, we stumbled upon the winsome ceramics of Japanese artist Azusa Hirose. Nestled in a small booth, down an endless row of stands at Earl’s Court, she was the proverbial needle in a haystack at 100% Design.

Hirose, who studied ceramics at London’s Central St. Martin’s School of Design, crafts two collections of dainty, handmade dishes, bowls and cups. The Floral collection hints at traditional British transferware with pale, blue flowers, while the Olivia collection features wispy, pink Victorian cherubs. The deliberate unevenness of the edges, gives each piece a decidedly artisanal feel and we were instantly in love...

 
Azusa Hirose Ceramics
 

We think Hirose’s ceramics would add instant charm to any vanity or washbasin. One of the small shallow dishes in lieu of your garden-variety soap dish; a set of tiny bowls to display that collection of bath salts; and those gorgeous cups… They’re the perfect vessel for storing cotton balls and swabs or even make-up brushes and your toothbrush (speaking of, who says toothbrushes have to be so clinical? Cheers to Boots for doing a simple monochrome version).

Azusa Hirose ceramics can be purchased at Mint (who have recently relocated to a gorgeous new showroom in South Kensington).

 

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