News from Kazari + Ziguzagu

It's a wrap : The Design Co-op

Wednesday, April 18, 2018


After some excellent planning and a few solid days of setting up, The Design Co-op kicked off in style with a packed opening on Friday 24th March. Big thanks to Liz (@onefineprint) and Anne-Claire (@anacastudio) for their hard work in bringing together so many different artists, makers, designers and importers. Check out this short video from the event and images below.

Dining Area - designed by Manuela Millan of Meanwhile in Melbourne beautifully styled with an assortment of our
antique and vintage Japanese pottery tea bowls, plates, vases and decor objects.


Hall way - designed by Manuela Millan of Meanwhile in Melbourne featuring our
very own GIANT cast bronze sculpture of a Rhino

Office space - designed by Manuela Millan of Meanwhile in Melbourne incorporating a contemporary Japanese seto pottery
vase with abstract design in black and white by Kato Reikichi. The full bio and product can be found here.

Entrance - designed by Fiona Parry-Jones of Von Haus Interiors incorporating a contemporary Japanese vase with gold
kintsugi repairs, a contemporary bronze sculpture of a crab and a Chinese pottery parrot.

Bedroom & Study - designed by Lauren Li of Sisalla incorporating an assortment of Kazari's decor objects, including
mizusashi, vases, and Peking glass from the recent Chinese shipment.


Photo credit: Elizabeth Bull


Event: The Design Co-op

Monday, March 05, 2018

A few of the featured suppliers selected by Anne-Claire Petre and Elizabeth Bull for The Design Co-op

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Bull of One Fine Print


Kazari + Ziguzagu are proud to be part of a unique collaboration known as The Design Co-op

Liz Bull of One Fine Print and Anne-Claire Petre of Anaca Studio have united a total of 14 brands, 3 interior designers and 20 industry professionals to create an exciting bespoke event: The Design Co-Op.

Spread over three days in March 2018, The Design Co-Op will celebrate the blending of unique Australian design brands and empower attendees to realise that any space can be transformed into a meaningful ‘home’. The event aims to strengthen the existing design community, encourage the growth of new networks, promote boutique local design brands, and offer interactive learning opportunities for both industry professionals and the design-savvy public.

The Design Co-Op will consist of a launch party, a showcase and multiple learning sessions and will run in inner-Melbourne for one weekend only.

When: 23rd to 25th of March 2018
Where: 19 Ireland Street, West Melbourne.

The Design Co-op is one of Melbourne Design Week’s satellite events. Melbourne Design Week is an annual initiative of the Victorian Government linking creativity with business and community.

Visit The Design Co-op, NGV: Melbourne Design Week or What's On in Melbourne for more information and tickets



Kazari at the Australian Open 2018

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Kazari + Ziguzagu were again proud to be part of this years Australian Open. Thank you to Chard International for including us in your beautifully designed spaces!!!

Nobu pop up restaurant at Rod Laver Arena - Australian Open 2018 - Japanese paper lanterns supplied by us. For orders enquire here

Unusual Japanese pottery vase at Nobu pop up at the 2018 Australian Open


Japanese Summer Festival 2018

Tuesday, February 06, 2018

The Japanese Summer Festival is back in 2018 and Kazari + Ziguzagu are once again proud to be part of the celebrations. The festival showcases traditional and contemporary Japanese culture through food, dance, music, fashion and so much more!

When: Sunday 25th February 2018, 11:30am-5:30pm

Where: Federation Square, Melbourne

More information and performance timetables can be found at the dedicated Japanese Summer Festival page.


Image credit: Japanese Summer Festival



Think outside the box!

Monday, January 29, 2018

At Kazari + Ziguzagu we like to think outside the box for ways to use once traditional items in modern western culture. Demonstrated below, antique and vintage pottery ladle rests originally used in Japanese tea ceremony can be re-purposed as unique and eclectic napkin rings. Enquire here.

Japanese Shino pottery ladle rest used as a napkin ring

Ladle rests come in all types of Japanese pottery such as Shino, Oribe, Imari and Kutani.

Japanese Hagi pottery ladle rest used as a napkin ring


Featured - Other People's Problems - ABC iView

Thursday, January 18, 2018

We are delighted to share some exciting news! A select range of our products have been featured in the new ABC iview web series Other People's Problems. This drama comedy is based on a real-life website Clothing for Correspondence and follows a copywriter who decides to take up a new approach to her work. She begins ghost writing letters solving 'other people's problems' in exchange for clothing. Check out this web series on ABC iview.



A Meisen silk Haori hanging on the wall of Florence and Ann's house

Our mid-century Danish arm chair reupholstered in African cotton (right)


New Year, New Events at Kazari!

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Misusashi - Mizu-what?

Monday, November 20, 2017

Mizusashi, Mizu-what!?

Unique, decorative and functional

Japanese Mizusashi (mizu-sashi) are lidded containers traditionally used for the storage of hot water during a Japanese tea ceremony, however in 21st century Australia they can be used for the storage of just about anything. The best feature of a vintage mizusashi is that they are completely unique one-of-a-kind pieces and are both decorative and functional.

Mizusashi can be used as unique and decorative kitchen storage containers, desk storage for pens or in place of vases and planters or even a place to put your keys in at the front door. Japanese Mizusashi are made from a variety of materials including pottery, glass, bronze and cloisonné, an ancient technique for decorating metalwork and come in an array of sizes averaging 20cm high and 17cm in diameter.

These pieces and more are available to purchase online here or in-store at or shop 450 Malvern Rd, Prahran. Take a look now – you’re bound to find something you love!


Black and green Oribe pottery mizusashi - used as kitchen storage jars

Japanese Shino pottery mizusashi - used as a dining table centrepiece

Japanese shigaraki pottery mizusashi - used as kitchen storage jars

Shino and Shigaraki pottery mizusashi  - used as decoration




Special Mention - Belle Magazine

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Kazari + Ziguzagu have received a special mention from Barbara and John Hermon of Hermon and Hermon in the November 2017 issue of Belle magazine.  Barbara and John have a creative and eclectic eye which is well represented in this special article on their own creative home.

Thank you for recommending us! 

Keep scrolling or view the article as a PDF





Inside Out Magazine - Editorial

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Thank you to our friends at Inside Out Magazine for a lovely feature on Japanese mizusashi in the October 2017 issue, alongside Vera Wang Wedgewood, Smeg and Ilve appliances. This little feature perfectly describes modern uses for an otherwise traditional vessel. For more images and information on these unique and versatile water containers please read our full blog on Mizusashi.










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