Shizu Okino is one half of the California-based design house – Shizu Designs – where she works with her daughter Karen Okino Butzbach using traditional Japanese weaving techniques to create baskets and tied rocks that invite quiet contemplation, peace and serenity.
Forgoing their preferred materials of rattan and cane, Okino has embraced the challenge to work with leather and produced a selection of Ikebana vases for the Salone art show. Respecting the exactitude of the flower arranging practice, the five vessels have been woven with flair and precision, ensuring they are fit for the finest of Japanese flower arrangements.
The design duo have contributed to the LOEWE Baskets accessories collection with a series of their signature rocks, which are carefully wrapped and tied with ornamental knots that harmonise with the unique size and shape of the stone.
Shizu Designs are demonstrating traditional Japanese weaving techniques in a series of walk-in events, as part of LOEWE´s sponsorship of London Craft Week. The showcase is taking place at CASA LOEWE London from May 11 – 12.