MANA + MAISON is only possible because of the incredibly talented artists and companies who put their heart + soul into all they create. The life of an artist is never easy, but it's oh so worth it.
Shino Takeda - Shino grew up in Kyushu Island in southern Japan, which has a rich history of ceramics and art. Her mother was an avid collector of traditional Japanese ceramics, textiles, and many other crafts and arts, which greatly influenced Shino's work. Most of her work is hand built using the coil method and she works with several different clay bodies. Each piece is one of a kind, always searching for perfect imperfections, tracing memories, and leaving footsteps of her life, making a story that connects the old to the new and herself to others.
Lara Zilibowitz - Lara does it all! She is a senior yoga teacher at BodyMindLife studios in Sydney, as assistant to global movement alchemist Shiva Rea, an ambassador for lululemon athletica, a teacher and ambassador for Wanderlust Festivals Australia/New Zealand, a contributing editor to delicious. magazine. and a prolific ceramicist. She has always been fascinated by the Hindu and Buddhist symbolism of the ‘mandala’, which represents wholeness: a cosmic diagram organized around a unifying centre. Each one of her mandala-designed ceramics is completely unique, no two are alike. She sits in front of the clay canvass with her only tool being a sharp piece of bamboo and she gives her hand free reign.
The Pursuits of Happiness - The Pursuits of Happiness was created with the intention of bringing more art into every day routines. Oregon based couple April Brimer and Pavel Cherny draw inspiration from the oddities of nature and midcentury design, creating pieces that are vibrant, playful, and unexpected. From start to finish each original design is hand made by the duo. Marbled patterns are created one at a time using tinted porcelain while on other pieces clay is layered by hand to create texture and surface design. The Pursuits of Happiness believes that more inspiration can be found when the mass produced is traded out for lovingly crafted.
JED Ceramics - Jen E Dwyer is a ceramic artist who makes socially engaged functional art objects and sculptures.
Morihata - Morihata believes in lifestyle goods that are crafted with intention. Established in 2005 by husband-and-wife team Kaz and Yuka Morihata, Morihata Intl. is dedicated to finding and distributing the highest quality Japanese design products to a new international audience. Their founders travel home to Japan annually to select thoughtful collections that express the innate quality, craftsmanship, and tactile sensibility of modern Japanese aesthetics.
Pure Prana Label - Cindy van den Heuvel launched Pure Prana Label to create beautifully handmade, socially and economically conscious meditation products. As a mom of two, she works from her atelier at home in the Netherlands. Her products are all organic with no fertilizers or insecticides being used to grow the fabrics, printed with eco friendly dye, she loves using ancient techniques like old Indian wood blocks, African dye techniques and Shibori. Every one of her pieces is made with love and full of good energy!
Yield Design - YIELD was established in late 2012 by Andrew Deming and Rachel Gant in San Francisco where the two met at the California College of the Arts (CCA). Yield is now based in the historic coastal town of Saint Augustine, FL. an independent design house: part industrial design studio, design label and manufacturer. YIELD designs with an aim to pair American craft and ingenuity with an eye toward the future.
Tala LED - A young British lighting brand with a mission to create exquisite products that have a positive impact on the world. Tala was founded by four partners at The University of Edinburgh with a shared passion for technology, sustainability and design. Originating from the African concept of conservation through beauty, the designs combine classic decorative qualities, industrial influences and pioneering LED technology. Tala's ten trees programme pledges that for every 200 units sold they plant 10 trees.
Robert Sukrachand - Robert is an independent designer and furniture maker based in New York City. Since founding his studio in 2013, Robert has combined his background in traditional wood fabrication with an evolving curiosity towards new materials and disciplines. His approach to design seeks to balance craft, functionality, and form. He is one of the few small scale FSC certified wood fabricators in New York City, and can produce outcomes that contribute to LEED and Living Building Challenge Certification. Robert finishes his furniture with low and no-VOC wood coatings.
Maria Gil Ulldemolins - Maria is trained in Product Design, Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture. She is obsessed by the parallels between religious contemplation and the aesthetic experience we encounter when faced with some contemporary art pieces. She works with a process-oriented focus and approaches materials in an exploratory and intimate fashion. Maria is interested in reaching limits where matter is forced to work in ways it is not meant to and conceptually is attracted to organic materials that vary, decay and even disappear with time.
IncaUSA - A social business experiment that uses the profits from its productions to enable purposeful commerce of indigenous artisanship and heritage. Beginning as a simple sidewalk-table venture, the organization has evolved into a multi-national grassroots organization committed to social innovation. Ensuring fair trade practice from sourcing to fulfillment, Incausa coordinates with artisanal productions of Breu Resin, Palo Santo, White Sage and Ayahuaska incense in Brazil and Peru. Soap, body oil, stoneware pottery in the USA and Singing Bowls, Traditional Lokta Paper in Nepal. Partnering with Indigenous cause leaderships and projects developing non-profit trade posts and market placement it uses social entrepreneurship to reignite indigenous heritage, uplifting cultural values and building sustainable opportunities.