A few words from our founder – Sonny Mai
To the interested reader, I moved from Sydney to Tokyo in 2016 to immerse myself in a culture where craftsmanship is highly valued, and creativity is abundant. After enjoying a few years of appreciating Japanese design, I decided to also look at design back home in Australia. What I found is that Australia is also home to many talented designers and artisans – this fact is unknown to many in Japan. I decided that Australian talent deserves more exposure overseas. I wanted to create a cultural bridge between Japan and Australia – through the sharing of design stories from Australian designers (and eventually stories from Japanese designers too). JAU's goal is to showcase the best of Australian design and culture. We hope to bring you closer to the spirit of Australian designers by sharing their story, inspirations, and design processes. Beyond sharing stories, doing right by the environment is a major motivation of ours. We're living in a throwaway culture; the environment pays the price – we must value what we have. If people understand how much work and effort goes into producing an object, then they are less likely to throw it out. I firmly believe in owning things that have a timeless aesthetic. Timeless objects don't go out of fashion, they remain beautiful, no matter the trend of the current day. There is no need to replace something that never dates – it's always beautiful. As part of our commitment to the environment, we will pledge to donate 5% of profits to environmental initiatives. One major focus is funding Less Plastic, an organisation which is fighting against the wasteful use of plastic in Japan. Please join us on our journey as we bring you beautiful design and learn about the people behind these creations. If I can personally help you with anything, you may contact me directly (email@example.com), or send my team an email firstname.lastname@example.org. Regards, Sonny Mai (Founder and Managing Director)
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Good things come to those that wait. We don't focus on instant gratification. Great design takes time – some of our designers create their products to order, so expect a few weeks for delivery.
We curate products from designers who share our design values. Products should be simple, well made, and timeless.
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We hope you don't need to buy anything from JAU. But if you do, we hope that by understanding the story behind the product, you treasure your purchase and make it a part of your life. The last thing we want is for you to buy something and use it only once. So please treasure + ♥ your purchase.
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Plastic is everywhere, plastic is useful, but we should use less of it. Japan is one of the biggest consumers of plastic in the world, it’s a misconception that the majority gets recycled – A large proportion of it ends up being burnt in combustion chambers by local governments. We are proud to sponsor Less Plastic to help promote the reduction of single use plastics in Japan. We intend to donate at least 5% of profits and provide our skills and resources to support this cause.
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