Makiko Nakamura at Bamarang
Makiko Nakamura is a London based ceramic artist who creates beautiful wonderland inspired ceramics. Born and raised in Osaka Japan and a graduate of the Royal College of Art, Makiko recently collaborated with Alexander McQueen for their autumn/winter 2011 collection.
Photographer Jonathan Pryce visited Makiko at her London studio and wrote to ask if I'd be interested in sharing some of the pictures he took with Design Hunter readers.
Makiko's narrative one-off ornament and tableware pieces all have fantasy stories behind them. My favourite is this porcelain and lustre deer cup .
Makiko's work is currently for sale on Bamarang - a relatively new site that I hadn't come across before. It features both established and new designers who are pushing the boundaries of innovation, offering their work for sale in a limited quantity at a great price over a few days only.
There have been a few registration only design sale sites popping up lately. To be honest, sometimes I'm a little put off by sites that ask you to register up front before you can see what they have to offer but I loved Bamarang and will definitely be popping back regularly to check out what's new.
For the current sale (which runs for just a few days) Makiko's work is priced from £30, which I reckon is pretty reasonable for an original piece that makes a beautiful and unique style statement. I also liked the heritage inspired rucksacks currently on offer on the site
Jonathan's blog Another Garcon is also well worth checking out (kind of a British version of The Sartorialist meets The Selby).