In April of last year, I was invited by One Kings Lane on a global shopping trip to anywhere in the world, to fill a container of treasures for their online sale. We decided on Vietnam, due to its many specialties in ceramics, bamboo, lacquerware, embroidery, canework, and horn.
I hand-picked, and custom-designed an assortment of pieces, perfect for adding a well-traveled touch to anyone's home. Vietnam is a manufacturing country, in new & old techniques. I knew I would be able to find objects in the markets, that were still tinkered, smithed & blown as they had been for 100s of years.
The luxury of shopping there, is the many different manufacturing & making processes and specialised expertise that can be pin pointed to a specific area. To be able to bring back unique products, identifiable with a country, and to have a story brings a beautiful depth to a home or space. We had a very successful shopping trip! Filling the container with intricately detailed cotton bedlinen in the softest of colours, giant temple incense coils, hand forged scissors, beautifully delicate bamboo birdcages, horn spoons, metal beaten utensils, and even a bamboo bicycle!
The online sale launches Friday 24th January in the US.