It’s that time of the year again to share the new Curated gift, and once again it is something which we are very proud to share. It is a pleasure to introduce the work of Danish designer Anders Arhoj to our subscribers. The illustrator and interior designer started his inspirational studio in Tokyo, but now a days returned to his home city of Copenhagen, resulting in a combination of worlds which one clearly picks up in the output of Studio Arhoj. The colors he uses, the shapes, the minimalism. Not only the Scandinavian, but certainly Japanese influences come back in all of these elements. Exclusively for my Curated subscribers he created a series of his incredible Ghosts in black and white. A few years ago he designed these Ghosts along with Louise Gaarmann, based on the believe of the Japanese Shinto religion that everything in nature has a soul – even mountains, rocks and plants. The Ghosts can be used – in Arhoj’s words – as “paper weights, doorstops, toys, wedding ring holders kitchen talismans or as companion on a lonely night without friends to talk to.” And the great thing is that each Ghost is unique, completely hand made, glazed, baked and with its own color form.
I found this little Ghost somewhere last year on one of my trips and wanted to actually purchase a whole family for my home. They come from Denmark, made by Studio Arhoj, but at time were a little too heavy to take a lot of them on the plane. Fortunately, they now flew all the way over to the Netherlands.
Located by the harbour in Copenhagen, a highly inspirational area if you ask us, Studio Arhoj is a Danish interior and design studio run by Anders Arhoj. Originally founded in Tokyo in 2006, Studio Arhoj is now back to within the positive design climate of Denmark. In addition to exploring the relationship between Scandinavian simplicity and traditional Japanese culture the Studio has a very significant interest in keeping alive traditions and knowledge about old crafts such as wheel throwing and glaze construction.
We are in love with the honesty of clay, glaze and the magic that one set of human hands can produce, creating objects that are both affordable and unique.
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