Crafts is having a moment, from ceramics to textiles, wood and metalwork. Proof positive is quirk-sleek Japanese lifestyle concept store Usagi – already a hit in NY and Paris – which has set up its first Asian gallery-cum-boutique in NoHo, HK’s hip arts area in Central. It’s a skip downhill from design hub PMQ, opposite Parisian brasserie Cocotte on tree-dotted Shin Hing Street.
Founded by Sakamaki Tsukasa and specialising in crafts with a contempo art and design edge, the minimal two-floor space (all white walls and concrete floors) spotlights a cache of covetables by Japanese and global artists. You can also source hard-to-find lifestyle products like a classic Hisoshima Aluminium cooking pot and an instant-dry bath mat made from highly absorbent soil. Plus regular exhibition launches draw a savvy crowd and hands-on workshops mean visitors can learn traditional Japanese crafts, such as indigo fabric dyeing.
Blending the best of East and West, Usagi aims to set new trends in designer-making, from Japanese SIWA paper cushion cases to mosquito-net embroidery and graphic Finnish weaving. Past pieces include a ceramic skateboard and Zippo lighter complete with spooky skull by NY art director Jon Contino, incense censers in angled black metal and geo-shaped pastel tableware. Shop, socialise, or simply stop by for a hand-drip Matsuya coffee!
Shop B / G/F / Wah Shin House / 6-10 Shin Hing St / Central / +852 2448 9968 / usagi.com