Discovering clever accessories brand Hana Blomst made me smile so much. Confused at encountering Japanese subtitles [or English] on a very Danish sounding website I dug a little deeper.
It turned out that when a mixed nationality couple’s child [Danish and Japanese] Lea Danae Hakamaki had just turned two – she was looking at a fully bloomed pink Japanese Camelia through the window of the family’s apartment in Paris. There she uttered her first words in both the languages of her dual nationality. She pointed at the pink flower and said ‘Hana’ in Japanese, then repeated the same word for flower in Danish ‘Blomst’!
There began a creation of products that reflected the perfect harmony of cultures present in their child. I was so surprised and intrigued to see how the elements did work so well together, Danish and Japanese palettes and styles of design are both typically restrained and whimsical in their nature. resulting in most harmonious creations for Hana Blomst.
The brand produce an array of beautifully coloured and designed products, colourful wooden tableware, delicately illustrated ceramics, and printed shoppers amongst others. However, what caught my eye were their stunning chopsticks! The perfect marriage of two cultures. I love the subtle colours and delicate graphic patterns – they would be such a pleasure to use! See here for stockists.
Author: Rohini Wahi
Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.
She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at firstname.lastname@example.org