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T2 x Akira

Both brands embrace history and tradition with a modern, considered approach.

Our meetings with Akira showed us a quiet, considerate and humble man who would speak in hushed tones before breaking into a giggle. He had a gentle, captivating laugh that contrasted beautifully against moments of quiet seriousness. We admired his intricate knowledge of design, profound respect for tradition, and seemingly intuitive approach to his craft.

Our collaboration with Akira was a natural extension of a mutual appreciation of the role design plays in nurturing and inviting tradition into modern life. While Akira deals in fashion, our vision and aesthetic draw many parallels. For Akira, it’s about taking traditional Japanese shapes, textures and styles, and thoughtfully bringing them into the here and now. At T2, we take a similar approach to tea and teawares, looking to ancient tea cultures from around the world, and working on how we can embrace history and tradition with a modern, considered approach.

Eventually we settled on cast iron; its timeless, lasting nature and traditional charm were all we needed.

The teaset itself was considered at length, and we discussed the differences between using porcelain, fine bone china and other materials. Eventually we settled on cast iron; its timeless, lasting nature and traditional charm were all we needed. The lid of the teapot and the cup are cherry wood, a timber native to Japan. The simple, authentically Japanese teaset is rich with texture, complementary materials and includes a tin of savoury Japanese GMC Sencha tea. Akira had returned from a trip to Japan with three kimonos, and one in particular sparked our interest. We eventually used the kimono’s print as inspiration for the box’s interior.

Ultimately, we had a collaboration that revolved gently around good design, affinity for tradition and a desire to create something together that mutually captured the friendship Akira and T2 have established. We’re excited to see more of Akira’s contribution to the world of design, and value all that he taught us about creating beautiful, lasting pieces with a story to tell.