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Turns out due to my Japanese Trash shop that I’ve been selected as a featured tastemaker — and turns out I’m happy about that. So to celebrate, I’ve added three nifty new items to the store and wanted to be sure you know all about them. Drum roll please… here they are:

The O-Type Chair:

I've added this handsome chair to my shop in celebration of being selected as a featured tastemaker. |

This handsome fella has seen action even before becoming your best chair. His seat and back are made from retired, double-jacketed fire hose. Pair that with the sleek lines of his steel and aluminum frame and you’ve got yourself a life-long companion. Order HERE.

Wood Table Lamp:

I've added this awesome lamp my shop in celebration of being selected as a featured tastemaker. |

This sturdy lamp is made from an off cut of Western Red Cedar previously destined for the landfill. The wood is carefully milled, shaped, sanded, and then finally finished with a natural protective oil. Each is wired with a custom fabric covered cord — choose between sky blue or cool grey — that has an on/off switch built in. Order HERE.

Abstract Print:

I've added this amazing abstract art print my shop in celebration of being selected as a featured tastemaker. |

This archival print of an original painting by Illinois-based artist Jaime Derringer will make a bold statement in your space. It’s printed on 8.5″ x 11″ high-quality fine art paper with archival inks, so you know it’ll last a life time. Order HERE.

Oh, and just in case the good people at have moved on to feature other tastemakers by the time you go browse the Japanese Trash shop, here’s a grab I did of their spotlight:

I'm happy to have been selected as a featured tastemaker. |

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I recently opened the Japanese Trash shop on because I wanted to have a place where I could offer up quality items that fall into my masculine design aesthetic for those of you who are interested in bringing a bit of Japanese Trash into your own homes. From time to time I will feature one of the shop’s sources–or, as calls them, makers–so you can get a closer look at what’s on offer at the shop. Today’s maker is Dana Brandwein Oates, of Sharon, Connecticut.

Dana creates a full line of home wares, but it’s the pieces that exemplify her ethos of elevating our everyday lives with “little luxuries” that have captured my attention. Here are three that I feature in my shop:

Bear Crossing Pinch Bowls:


Here’s a unique two-piece set featuring a bear walking across two diminutive porcelain bowls just perfect for setting out salts on the dinner table or for holding your spare change on your nightstand. Each piece is hand cut, stamped and formed then glazed with a very neutral grey and white matte finish. Order HERE.

Mineral Cup:


This masculine hand thrown porcelain cup is hand painted with a highly reflective deep green metallic glaze The glaze drips into the cup over the rim to create unique subtle patterns. Use this to hold the little stuff you need at hand on your desk – or for a hot cup of joe or a cocktail. Fired to over 2200 degrees makes this strong enough for everyday. No two are alike. 3″ x 3″ Order HERE.

Burl Curve B&B:


A terrific side plate, dessert plate, bath tray, desk plate… you get the idea–this guy is very versatile. Wood grain is rolled onto thin slabs of porcelain, then each piece is hand cut and formed and glazed in this gun metal color called Mussel. No two are alike. Approximate size: 4″ x 8″ Order HERE.

I hope you see something you like–and want to order! See more from Dana Brandwein Oates and all of my hand-selected makers on the Japanese Trash shop at

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